ZOOMING IN: Cameraman Tony Jackson, filming in Lismore for Al Jazeera in October last year.
ZOOMING IN: Cameraman Tony Jackson, filming in Lismore for Al Jazeera in October last year.

CSG doco screens worldwide

LISMORE'S Knitting Nannas Against Gas, and the broader Northern Rivers Lock the Gate communities will feature in an Al Jazeera documentary about Australia's coal seam gas battles which will screen to millions of viewers worldwide this weekend.

Al Jazeera English is a multi award-winning international cable news channel headquartered in Doha, Qatar, with 60 bureaux on six continents, broadcasting to more than 250 million households across 130 countries.

Cameraman and executive director of Melbourne production house Chemical Media, Tony Jackson came to Lismore in October, after pitching the CSG story to Al Jazeera earlier in the year.

While here, he filmed the Knitting Nannas Against Gas outside Lismore MP Thomas George's office,and then travelled to a secret location in the bush to film activism educator and lecturer at the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University, Aidan Ricketts training protestors in the art of non-violent direct action.

Tony also travelled north to Queensland, where much of the 25-minute documentary was filmed around Tara and Chinchilla on the Darling Downs, featuring Tara resident Brian Monk, Lock the Gate president Drew Hutton, oil company spokesmen and politicians.

"After all the research we did, by the end of filming we felt there was a strong argument for slowing down the CSG industry until the science catches up with it," Tony Jackson told The Echo.

"We didn't set out to make a pro- or anti-CSG piece, but to look at why there is such strong opposition to it.

"We found that opposition was not manned by the Byron Bay organic vegan community but by often conservative, middle aged and middle class communities.

"This surprised me, but then they have had roots in their areas for a long time and are frightened of seeing it change."

A Risky Business will screen on Al Jazeera English, Foxtel Channel 651, on:

  • Friday, January 11: 9.30 am and 8.30 pm
  • Saturday, January 12: 2.30 pm
  • Monday, January 14: 03.30 am

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