The backyard of New South Wales is facing its biggest threat yet – invasive gasfields. Betrayal by governments has meant protectors are fighting to save the things they love. The Pilliga, Great Artesian Basin, Liverpool Plains – all are at risk. This is a David and Goliath battle to save our land, air and water from destruction. It’s also a fight for the soul and future of Australia. In this film we meet the experts and people living in the sacrifice zone and uncover the truth behind the real gas crisis confronting ordinary Australians.
PRAISE FOR SACRIFICE ZONE:
Sharyn Munro (author, 'Rich Land, Wasteland'): 'Moving and powerful – credible local voices making undeniable sense.'
Tina Louise Rothery (UK gas activist): 'Bentley gave us hope we could fight, this gives us no option but to fight.'
Jack Mundey (legendary unionist & environmental activist): 'Marvellous film. I couldn't agree more with the action being taken to expose and fight against the undoubted damage to precious water resources if this mining is allowed to proceed.'
Bill McKibben (author, co-founder of 350.org): 'Gas is a huge threat to the planet's climate, and hence this film is a great help in the biggest battle the planet faces.'
Dr Geralyn McCarron (Brisbane G.P.): 'This film taps into a significant and compelling knowledge base and provides a picture of the powerful resistance to the unconventional gas industry in Australia.'
Shay Dougall (Hopeland farmer, Human Rights Tribunal Into Unconventional Gas): ' It is magnificent. It is going to be a game-changer. It left me with a will to keep fighting, not feeling so alone and wishing I lived in NSW. Proud to be an Aussie.'
Margaret Fleck (Liverpool Plains farmer): 'Brilliant work.'
Michele Cullen (Australian gas activist): 'Wonderful. Brought a tear to my eye.'
Jo Evans (artist/activist): 'It's brilliant, perfect balance. If I was Santos I'd be very very worried.'
Margie Heggie (retired health worker): 'Just watched. In tears. On every level, CSG mining fails to deliver. Why is it that the majority of our leaders refuse to see what is right there in front of them? I despair, but people are starting to listen.'
Katherine Marchment (NT gas activist): 'Brilliant brilliant brilliant.'
Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil, Backsliders): 'Inspiring and tragic, compelling and utterly convincing. NSW and Queensland's unfolding coal seam gas catastrophe, and the grave danger to the priceless Great Artesian Basin, described in passionate terms by a diverse cast of farmers, firies, boffins, greenies, pollies and First Nations elders. An urgent call-to-arms to save the quality of our water, air and soil, and our international reputation for pristine food production, on some of Australia's finest agricultural land.'
Meg Nielsen (farmer, Bentley Gatekeepers): 'This film will be tremendously inspiring to farmers and farming communities all around the world – to empower them and give them confidence to stand up.'
Sarah Moles (QLD activist): 'What an inspiring, moving film.'
Luke O'Shea (multiple Golden Guitar winner): 'Who are you willing to sacrifice? Australia is at war! The enemy is apathy, short-sightedness, greed and corruption – on an enormous scale – and they are rapidly advancing on many fronts, through many communities. Will you answer the call of your fellow countrymen as they put their lives and livelihoods on the line for the future of YOUR children! Be inspired by these remarkable everyday people featured in this incredible documentary and learn just how powerful 'YOU' can be! YOUR VOICE – YOUR vote – YOUR support – can win this war! HEAR THE CALL!'
Dr Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda (Professor of Theological and Social Ethics, USA). 'Breath-taking! "Sacrifice Zone" is a brilliant testimony to hope and moral power for resisting the formidable fossil fuel industry and the danger it poses to life on Earth. Watch this saga of courage and commitment, and be inspired! Show it in classrooms, houses of worship, and seats of government. This film is food for moral fortitude and joy in the face of exploitative power.'