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Farmers, greenies peculiar allies in the Frackman movie

ON LOCATION: Anti coal seam gas mining protests around Tara in conjunction with the documentary film, Frackman, which centres on anti-CSG mining activist Dayne
ON LOCATION: Anti coal seam gas mining protests around Tara in conjunction with the documentary film, Frackman, which centres on anti-CSG mining activist Dayne "The Frackman" Pratzky, a Tara resident. Andrew Quilty

FRACKMAN is an observational documentary following ordinary Queenslanders caught up in a modern day multinational "gas rush" to secure and exploit coal seam gas.

Accidental activist Dayne 'Frackman' Pratzky is building a simple home when the Queensland Gas Company arrives, demanding to sink gas wells on his property.

The company claims that legally he has no right to refuse them access. So begins his transformation from knockabout pig-shooter to passionate activist, and a David and Goliath battle against a $70 billion industry.

The filmmakers have followed his five-year battle that includes triumphs and tragedies, love and conflict and reveals the shocking treatment of landholders by some of the most powerful companies in the world.

The coal seam gas issue is crossing ideological lines, leaving a peculiar alliance in its wake: farmers and greenies, conservatives and radical activists, rich and poor, old and young.

This is a film like no other about a movement like no other.

This is a film about a bunch of ordinary people caught up in a modern day multinational "gold rush" to secure and exploit coal seam gas.

Frackman was to a sold out session at Gympie Cinemas last Monday night.

Further sessions have been added - Monday, May 18, at 6.30pm and Friday, May 22, at 12noon. All Admits $12 - No free list. (Senior card holders $8).

The cinema is open to requests to play more sessions.

Come to Monday night's session and meet Cooloola Community Action members Bronwyn Marsh and Nari Lindsay to discuss the impact this issue might have on the Gympie region.

Topics:  big business coal seam gas csg environmentalism frackman pollution

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