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GasLand - Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Richard Nixon, Josh Fox

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Movie propaganda

In September 2006, theatre director and part-time banjo player Josh Fox received an unexpected letter in the mail: a natural gas company offering him $100,000 for permission to explore his family's upstate New York property, in the lush Delaware River Basin area. Rather than join many of his neighbours in signing on the dotted line, Josh's curiosity saw him asking questions. He soon discovered that in the race for 'cleaner', greener & more efficient energy sources, the largest natural gas drilling boom in history is sweeping the globe, and in the US, the Halliburton-led drilling technology of hydraulic fracturing (or 'fracking') has unlocked a "Saudi Arabia of natural gas".

So Josh picked up his camcorder, and set out on a journey across America's heartland. His personal concerns quickly uncover global ones, as the citizens of 'GasLand' testify to what's been happening around them: toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, shocking illnesses and tap water that bursts into flames. It becomes evident that the multi-million dollar business of fracking has contaminated the water supply, the corporate giants are in cover-up mode, and the PR-spun government has not only turned a blind eye, it has regulated itself out of the picture…

Part vérité travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part showdown, GasLand is a compelling and emotional first-person story of discovery and, ultimately, empowerment. Rough-hewn yet poetic, the film is a desperate plea for scrutiny of a powerful industry that has now turned its eyes on a new, massive and largely unexplored territory: Australia.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film documentary environment mining social activism natural gas energy pollution drinking water green Haliburton

Persons of interest

  • Josh Fox .... Himself
  • Dick Cheney .... Himself (archive footage)
  • Pete Seeger .... Himself (archive footage)
  • Richard Nixon .... Himself (archive footage)
  • Aubrey K McClendeon .... Himself
  • Pat Fernelli .... Herself - Resident
  • Ron Carter .... Himself - Resident
  • Jean Carter .... Herself - Resident
  • Norma Fiorentino .... Herself - Resident
  • Debbie May .... Herself - Resident
  • Mike Markham .... Himself
  • Marsha Mendenhall .... Herself
  • Dave Neslin .... Himself
  • Jesse Ellsworth .... Himself
  • Amee Ellsworth .... Herself
  • Renee McClure .... Herself
  • Weston Wilson .... Himself
  • Jeff Walker .... Himself - Resident
  • Veronda Walker .... Herself - Walker
  • Lewis Meeks .... Himself - Resident
  • John Fenton .... Himself - Resident
  • Kathy Fenton .... Herself - Resident
  • Dee Hoffmeister .... Herself - Resident
  • Theo Colborn .... Herself
  • Lisa Bracken .... Herself - Resident
  • Robert Blackcloud .... Himself - Resident
  • Al Armendariz .... Himself
  • Calvin Tillman .... Himself - Mayor of Dish
  • Josh Fox .... Screenwriter
  • Josh Fox .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

GasLand is the kind of film that makes you want to go out and shoot mining executives. There are people who are evil and some who are just plain arseholes who desperately need a bullet in the head. Really soon. These are the people who can't think past their bank account, people for whom the future can be controlled if only they can get enough money in the present, people who believe that life is a game that can only be scored by Swiss banks. What's worse is that they know how badly they're behaving but they keep doing it anyway, like the Nazis in Germany, they keep on killing until someone turns up and shines a spotlight on them - and then watch the desperate scurrying for the nearest rock.

If Josh Fox's intention was to convince people to save the world, then he's convinced me.

The film work (camera, sound) is a bit shit but this is an amateur dude trying to save the planet so I'll let it pass.

The documentary, environment, mining movie GasLand is directed by Josh Fox and stars Josh Fox, Dick Cheney, Richard Nixon.

Government security censorship classification

PG (Mild themes and coarse language)

Surveillance time

104 minutes (1:44 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 18 November 2010 - Melbourne, Sydney

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