New doco digs into fracking

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS - Lisa Thomas

SOUTH Aus­tralian farmer David Smith will show his doc­u­men­tary Pipe Dreams

Frac­tured Lives next month at a spe­cial event at Mid­land Ace Cin­e­mas.

The beef and lamb pro­ducer learned his com­mu­nity was in the sights of the fracking in­dus­try and de­cided to find out more.

In 2017, Smith took out a large loan, hired a jour­nal­ist and a cin­e­matog­ra­pher and trav­elled to fracking zones in Queens­land and the US to un­cover the im­pacts it could have on his health, land and wa­ter.

The re­sult of this jour­ney has been made into a film and is now be­ing shown to peo­ple across Aus­tralia.

The fea­ture length doc­u­men­tary takes au­di­ences into the homes and lives of peo­ple whose com­mu­ni­ties and fam­i­lies have been shat­tered by fracking.

Smith said as a fifth-gen­er­a­tion farmer his liveli­hood de­pended on the abun­dance of clean wa­ter and con­tam­i­nant-free land.

He used tele­phone di­rec­to­ries to call strangers liv­ing in fracking ar­eas in the US and soon had a wealth of sto­ries to tell.

The film will be brought to Mid­land by Gas­field Free Swan Al­liance and Lock the Gate in July. Tick­ets are avail­able un­til July 13 on­line: PipeDream­sMid­land

The movie at Mid­land Ace Cin­e­mas on July 25 will in­clude a Q&A with farmer David Smith. For more visit Frack Free WA on Face­book.

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