Australia (depicted and filmed)


73 min
5 out of 5 (2) votes

The Bimblebox Nature Refuge lies in the path of what will be the earths largest coal mines. One woman, Paola Cassoni, decides to resist the "China First" project that will destroy her Nature Refuge and supply energy to Asia for the next thirty years. Paola's decision brings the viewer on a tour of Australia's "Quarry Vision".

At this critical time, when so much coal and coal seam gas expansion is planned in Australia, this film aims to win the hearts and minds of the people, exposing the destructiveness of this industry to our climate, communities and environment. It tells the stories of the people fighting for their homes and culture. Australia is the worlds largest exporter of coal supplying one third of the worlds supply. It is impossible to address climate change without looking at Australia's role in the planets climate future.

The film features many prominent members of the debate against coal expansion in Australia including Guy Pearce (Global Change Institute), Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (University of Queensland) and Matthew Wright (Beyond Zero Emissions).

Not just a "coal is bad" film. Bimblebox features solutions from Beyond Zero Emissions and their vision of Australia as the Saudi Arabia of renewables, instead of the Saudi Arabia of coal. They offer a captivating, verifiable, alternative.

Bimblebox is artfully shot and features the music of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. The film features landscapes that would be destroyed if the mining expansions go ahead and provides a first-hand glimpse of the growing protest movement against the expansions.



Comment by Dylan Tusler
I really enjoyed seeing this documentary. I'm an advocate for solar thermal power, associated with Beyond Zero, whose chief executive is interviewed in this film. However, I got a lot of useful perspective on the agricultural impact of coal mining in Australia from this piece. The strength of this piece is the focus on the impacts on working farmers. Bimblebox itself is not a working farm, but a nature reserve. However it was really worthwhile spending a lot of time on the plight of people affected by past and future mining efforts. My only criticism is that when you get to the protest part of the piece, towards the end, it does tend to make the protesters look like a "typical" bunch of greenies, easy for certain segments of our society to dismiss. Well done! And well worth my $5 to watch.
Comment by Mark Evans
This is a must-see doco. Anyone who is interested in the environment or who just wants an insight into what the real effects of the mining industry are should watch this.