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Award winning film celebrates community power as WA fracking debate intensifies

Don't miss The Bentley Effect – Como May 9, Bunbury May 10

BREAKING: Check out the latest trailer for The Bentley Effect. Get your tickets ASAP. Two special screenings in WA this week. Cygnet Como and Grand Cinema's Bunbury. Tickets: Doors open 6pm. Wednesday May 9 Cygnet Como: Cinemas Bunbury May 10 Bunbury:

Posted by Frack Free WA on Monday, 7 May 2018

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TUESDAY MAY 2, 2018: A documentary film that tells the story of a NSW community that took on the onshore gas industry and won will screen at the Grand Cygnet Cinema on Wednesday May 9 in a bid to raise awareness of the debate over fracking in WA.

The Bentley Effect is an award winning Australian documentary film that chronicles the battle against gas mining in the Northern Rivers of NSW.

The film will also screen in Bunbury at the Grand Cinema on Thursday May 10, with doors opening at 6pm.

Director of the film Brendan Shoebridge is attending the event and will be available for a short Q&A after the screening.

The film will also screen in Bunbury at the Grand Cinema on Thursday May 10, with doors opening at 6pm.

“This film is really about community and what a united community can achieve,” Mr Shoebridge said.

“We have arrived at a crunch moment in history and people are craving stories of hope and courage. I’ve been thrilled and humbled by the audience responses so far. It’s been amazing.”

A spokesperson for Lock the Gate in WA Jane Hammond said community concern about fracking was high as evidenced by the more than 10,000 submissions made to the WA Fracking Inquiry, most of which called for a permanent ban on the industry.

“There is a lot of community concern that the WA Government will opt to give fracking the green light in WA, especially given the upcoming appointment to the Premier’s own staff of a senior pro-fracking advocate from the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association,” Ms Hammond said.

“This film stands as a great example of how communities can and do stand up to the might of the gas industry.

“The Bentley Effect is an incredibly moving and engaging film. We are urging everyone with an interest in this issue to come along and see the film, meet the director and find out more about fracking and the unconventional gas industry.”

Ms Hammond said the event would include an update on the local metro frack free campaign and an overview of the statewide campaign.


The Bentley Effect will screen at the Grand Cygnet Cinema in Como on Wednesday, May 9. Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm screening.


Tickets are available through Eventbrite at for the May 9, Como screening

And for the May 10 Bunbury screening:


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