LOCAL STARS: Woody Naismith wants to reach out to local coal seam gas activist groups to appear in his film along with some of the nation’s biggest actors
Nanjing Night Net

AN Aussie filmmaker has lined up some of the nation’s biggest actors to star in a movie exploring the complex issues a community faces when the coal seam gas industry comes to their town.

Woody Naismith wants those with a personal interest in the debate to contribute to his crowdfunding campaign to get the movie off the ground.

His movie,The Fox Hole, focuses on what happens when CSG company, Natural Gas Providers, establishes gas wells in a beautiful but fractured Australian country town, dividing residents and forcing them to chose been the economic benefits and the environmental impacts.

Sound familiar?

Naismith said he was inspired by a conversation he had with a friend in Narrabri.

“I called them up to talk about fracking, but they wouldn’t give me the time of day other than to say they were pro-coal seam gas,” he said.

“That really fed into the film and inspired me to replicate the real life situation. The film really plays on the idea of what’s more important – the economy or the environment?”

Naismith has signed up Gyton Grantley (HouseHusbands,Underbelly) and Rick Cosnett (The Flash,The Vampire Diaries) to star in the film, who all met at the Queensland University of Technology.

The movie is set in a “nowhere in particular, run of the mill” Australian town in NSW – a setting the region around Armidale and the New England could fill perfectly.

“I’d like to get up that way, particularly those beautiful, sun-drenched, browner parts of the area,” he said.

And it wouldn’t be a movie about coal seam gas without a community protest.

Naismith said he’d like to reach out to local activists groups to appear in the film.

“I thought what a great thing to have in the film, to get these people who are battling coal seam gas protesting on screen,” he said.

“I really want real Australia people represented in the film.”

Naismith is crowdfunding through the government-run website Australian Cultural Fund.

For more information, visitaustralianculturalfund.org419论坛/projects/the-fox-hole/.

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