"This film is changing lives." Dr Fred Hirst


The Bentley Effect DVD features the full length theatrical version of the film plus 90 minutes of informative bonus features. Director/Producer: Brendan Shoebridge. Watch the trailer www.thebentleyeffect.com


Makes a great gift or addition to your personal collection complimenting the book "Shallow Thought, Deep Mind".


Synopsis: When the coal seam gas industry staked a claim on the Northern Rivers shire of Australia, alarm bells rang out. A critical mass of people from all walks of life – farmers, landowners, mums, dads, activists, scientists – organised themselves to rally against the unconventional gas invasion. Despite the enormous public opposition, the gas industry and the State Government were determined to see their gas plan through. A series of dramatic blockades ensued, before the final battle lines were drawn in the peaceful farming valley of Bentley. Thousands of people flocked to the site to stare down the threat of 850 riot police, ordered in to break up the protest. What happened next set an historic precedent. ​ Filmed over five years, The Bentley Effect documents the highs and lows of the battle to keep a unique part of Australia gasfield-free. This timely story of a community’s heroic stand shows how strategic direct action and peaceful protest can not only overcome industrial might and political short-sightedness ... but it can also be a lot of fun. It celebrates the non-violent ‘Eureka Stockade’ of our time and chronicles one of the fastest growing social movements we have ever witnessed. Gasland showed us the problem – The Bentley Effect points us to the solution and poses the question “what is truly valuable?’.


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*DVD's are for private use only. For use in libraries, schools, university or institution please purchase the Educational Version which includes a license fee. If you would like to screen the film publicly and inspire community action choose one of our "HOST a SCREENING" licensed packages.


Classification: PG

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Copyright Agreement * We encourage showing this film and group screenings but by purchasing this DVD you agree not to copy or distribute the film illegally. As a protector who values this work, you will already understand the importance of supporting independent film making and its place in our ‘must win’ battles. Film making is a costly and time consuming venture. DVD revenue helps us service project debts and recoup production costs associated with the film. It also supports further marketing, distribution and administration of the film and helps ensure the film making medium is sustainable for future projects. The producers appreciate your support for their work and right livlihood. Thank you for your understanding.

The Bentley Effect DVD

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