WORTH A SHOT: Local filmmakers Brendan Shoebridge and Susie Forster are making a feature-length documentary about the Bentley blockade.
WORTH A SHOT: Local filmmakers Brendan Shoebridge and Susie Forster are making a feature-length documentary about the Bentley blockade. Svea Pitman

Bentley anti-gas blockade to be immortalised in documentary

THE history-making Bentley blockade is set to be immortalised with its own feature-length documentary.

The planned film has been titled The Bentley Effect.

The project would need funding to proceed, with the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on Sunday at a special event in Lismore.

MORE ABOUT THE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN HERE

Much of the footage underpinning the documentary has been taken by a local filmmaker, Brendan Shoebridge, who will direct the film.

Along with various collaborators, the born-and-bred local man has been reliably present at every protest, confrontation, march and musical event the anti-CSG movement has inspired.

"It's a monster of a project but it feels like the film will come at the right time and crowdfunding is a good fit, given it's about an inspiring display of community strength," Mr Shoebridge said.

"Ultimately it's about the fight we all face for a safe, clean future so it's a story that simply must be told."

Producer Susie Forster said the film would track the history of the local anti-CSG movement on the Northern Rivers in a bid to explain how the Bentley blockade became the social behemoth that it was.

"What we're aiming for is to tell an inspiring story of what happened at Bentley," she said.

The Byron Bay producer said pre-planning for the documentary had been in the pipeline for a year.

"It's important to tell this story now because the gas companies are not going away," she said.

"This is an ongoing saga."

It's hoped some money from the crowdfunding campaign will go towards a script consultant to support shaping a finished narrative for the film.

The production team will also invite input from locals present during the movement for both interviews and their personal footage.

The first funding goal is to help fund the production of a "rough cut" before the end of the year, which the production team will then use to attract further funding.

 



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