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Canberra premiere screening of the documentary Bimblebox

August 27, 2012

 We’re excited to announce the Canberra premiere screening of the documentary Bimblebox [more information here]

Saturday 8th September, 5 – 7pm.

After some unexpected promotion we have changed to a larger venue: Manning Clark Centre, Lecture Theatre 2. at the Australian National University

See the campus map here: http://campusmap.anu.edu.au/displaybldg.asp?no=26a

The most appropriate entry to the campus by car is from Barry Drive.

Screening will be followed by a panel discussion of speakers:

Shane Rattenbury – ACT Greens MLA for Molonglo,

Paola Cassoni – Co-owner Bimblebox Nature Refuge,

Megan Evans – Researcher,  Fenner School ANU,

Rebecca Horridge – Climate Action Canberra.

Free Entry

The film Bimblebox draws attention to the issues surrounding the huge expansion of coal and coal seam gas mining in Eastern Australia.

While very clearly exposing the destructiveness of this industry, the film also features solutions and viable alternatives for the future.

If you have friends in the Canberra area, please forward them this information.

If you can’t make it to a screening you can easily purchase your own copy here

Find the event on  Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/events/list#!/events/460668050645239/

At this critical time, when so much coal and coal seam gas expansion is planned in Australia, this film aims to win the hearts and minds of the people, exposing the destructiveness of this industry to our climate, communities and environment. It tells the stories of the people fighting for their homes and culture.
Australia is the worlds largest exporter of coal, providing almost one third of the worlds supply. It is impossible to address climate change without looking at Australia’s role in the planets climate future. 
The film, Bimblebox, is about much more that the Nature Refuge in Western Central Queensland, facing destruction to make way for Clive Palmer’s China First Coal mine. It is a cautionary tale, exposing the effects of mining in the Hunter Valley and the Illawarra, warning what might be in store for other regions if planned expansions of the coal and CSG industries go ahead. Dramatic footage is shown of the encroachment of mining onto agricultural land, and interviews with Hunter Valley, Illawarra, Bowen Basin and Darling Downs residents illuminate the social, economic, environmental and health impacts of mining in those regions.
The film features many prominent members of the debate against coal expansion in Australia including Guy Pearse (Global Change Institute), Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (University of Queensland) and Matthew Wright (Beyond Zero Emissions). Bimblebox is artfully shot and features the music of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. The film features landscapes that would be destroyed if the mining expansions go ahead and provides a first-hand glimpse of the growing movement against the expansions.
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