FRANKLIN SIMULCAST Q&A WITH OLIVER CASSIDY & BOB BROWN   91 mins

  • FRANKLIN SIMULCAST Q&A WITH OLIVER CASSIDY & BOB BROWN
  • FRANKLIN SIMULCAST Q&A WITH OLIVER CASSIDY & BOB BROWN
  • FRANKLIN SIMULCAST Q&A WITH OLIVER CASSIDY & BOB BROWN
  • FRANKLIN SIMULCAST Q&A WITH OLIVER CASSIDY & BOB BROWN
  • FRANKLIN SIMULCAST Q&A WITH OLIVER CASSIDY & BOB BROWN
  • FRANKLIN SIMULCAST Q&A WITH OLIVER CASSIDY & BOB BROWN
Screening: Sun 4 Sep

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Sunday, 4 September
12:00PM 

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FRANKLIN

A journey to the past. A quest for the future

Featuring Hugo Weaving

Screening, Saturday, Sept 4, 12.00 midday at Luna & Luna on SX. 

Screening to be followed by a simulcast Q&A at 1.45pm with Oliver Cassidy and Bob Brown

Franklin recounts the epic seven-year campaign to save Tasmania’s World Heritage-listed Franklin River from being drowned by the construction of a hydroelectric project in the early 1980s.

The ‘Franklin Campaign’ remains the most significant environmental protest in Australian history, a definitive example of the power of non-violent direct action, and is considered ground zero for ‘Green’ politics worldwide.

Personal entwines with political as a young Tasmanian activist follows in the literal footsteps of his late father, who in the 1980s fought to save the pristine Franklin River wilderness.

When Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric Commission planned to build a dam on the Franklin River, the Wilderness Society mobilised to protect it, sparking a now-infamous, and ultimately victorious, a campaign of blockades, protests, lawsuits and political wrangling – a campaign that was a key part of the development of the Australian Greens movement. Franklin recounts this seminal environmental protest through the eyes of Oliver Cassidy, who retraces the journey on the World Heritage-listed river taken some 40 years before by his late activist father.

Featuring former Greens leader Bob Brown, historian Aunty Patsy Cameron and entrepreneur Dick Smith, and narrated by Hugo Weaving, this formidable, MIFF Premiere Fund-supported film includes breathtaking shots of the waterway and its surrounds, enriched by never-before-seen 16mm footage. But Franklin isn’t solely about advocacy and conservation; with Cassidy as wayfinder, the film, like its titular river, encourages history and intimacy, legacy and longing, to freely flow.

Director: Kasimir Burgess | Cast: Oliver Cassidy, Bob Brown

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