A confusing little clip from the northern rivers hit the net this week – the launch of the first teaser trailer for a series of forthcoming films about the gas fight in the Northern Rivers is full of local faces expressing everything from confusion to joy.
Confusing Them With Our Joy is an epic trilogy from Cloudcatcher Media and will tell the unfinished story of the struggle against invasive gas from the early days at Glenugie and Doubtful Creek through to Bentley and beyond.
Director David Lowe has been involved in the fight for the northern rivers since 2012, when a gas well appeared near his home in The Channon.
Since then he’s become well-known for his video and photography work with Lock the Gate and other organisations opposing invasive mining, from Gloucester to Queensland, up to the Northern Territory and out to the Liverpool Plains.
David’s 2012 feature music documentary Rock the Gate! featured the monster anti-CSG rally and concert in Lismore and screened to packed houses. Now four years of activism footage from the Northern Rivers is getting ready for its first public outing.
‘We want to put the artivists centre stage,’ says Lowe. ‘The musicians, visual artists and comedians are what makes activism different up here, and we want to honour their contribution, as well as the many people from all walks of life who contributed to keeping this precious area gasfield-free.’
The teaser trailer blends the faces of many protectors, famous and unknown, with music from the bard of the movement, Luke Vassella.
It’s envisaged that the three films will be released in instalments, starting later this year.