A film about a bunch of ordinary people caught up in a modern day multinational “gold rush” to secure and exploit coal seam gas.
Fracking is an issue that is presenting difficult questions for all of Australia’s political parties, but at its heart is a very human drama. What we find is that smouldering resentment has turned conservative country people to civil disobedience. Politicians with their snouts in the trough are caught off-guard not knowing who to support.
Funds raised: $20,800
Dayne pitched to The Funding Network in April 2015 and gained $20,800. An additional $3000 was received on the night from Future Super and this was applied towards the total budget for the National Frackman Impact tour.
Common interests are powerful catalysts for community solidarity. When Dayne ‘Frackman’ Pratzky and Frackman filmmaker Richard Todd made their film, it spoke to communities around Australia about an issue that affected them.
The funds accessed via TFN enabled Dayne, Richard, Frackman’s Executive Producer Trish Lake, and environmental scientists to go on the road and connect with regional and rural communities around Australia including traditional custodians of land. Screenings in WA and Queensland were funded, as were special screenings in the Northern Territory. As a result, the Frackman team reached a much wider audience, raising awareness, providing support and empowering people to more effectively engage with an emotional issue in their local communities. The Frackman team catalysed powerful community discussions and actions in WA, drawing local initiatives including The Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) into the conversation and encouraging the Western Australian media to broaden the discussion. It gave community members affected by the issue a much louder voice and a sense of confidence.
In 2016, Dayne recounted meeting Micklo Corpus, a Broome community member and Yawuru Traditional Owner who has taken a stance to protect his land, water and songlines. After camping out in front of a Buru Energy drill site on his land, Micklo was starting to feel hopeless. After watching a screening of Frackman in the Northern Territory and sharing his thoughts and passions with Dayne when he visited, Micklo said he was re-energised and continues the campaign to protect his land today.
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