Who has funded Frackman the movie?

February 25th, 2015

The short answer is you.

State film agencies in Western Australia and Queensland have joined Screen Australia in providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funding.

We’ve asked these agencies how the film fits the definition of a documentary, and how they justify the allocation of public funding to promoting a personal crusade.

We’ll let you know what they say.

The disclosed funding sources are:

  • Screen Australia grant $200,000
  • Screen Queensland investment $200,000
  • Screen Queensland attachments $20,000
  • Screen West Grant $156,403
  • Producer Offset $435,809

Activist groups GetUp!, Lock the Gate and the Sunrise Project are also involved.

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  1. Farmgirl on 3 March, 2015 Reply

    Thanks for injecting some facts back into the debate ERIC. I couldn’t believe the emotional scaremongering in the Frackman trailer. They should be ashamed.

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  2. Name (required) on 5 March, 2015 Reply

    john porter
    Worry about funding if you must but don’t ignore the issues. I grew up swimming in the Condamine – never heard of gas bubbling, and if it leaks up into the river it must be leaking through the surface of the ground everywhere. I’m proud to have helped air this desperately important issue.

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  3. mary on 16 March, 2015 Reply

    FRACKMAN was a top movie and all of it is true and especially the parts where the children are sick and have bleeding noses and ears and serious rashes diagnosed as methane poisoning. So I dont know why you say its scaremongering. I have seen this myself and there is only truth told in this movie. The Csg industry are the ones who ought be ashamed of their lies. My grandparents and my father are buried on the banks of the Condamine and their spirit urges me to not be quiet where the lies of industry are told far and wide.

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    • ERIC on 16 March, 2015 Reply

      Thanks for your comment. Queensland Health, in a summary risk assessment available online (http://www.health.qld.gov.au/publications/csg/documents/report.pdf), say: “The report – based on clinical and environmental monitoring data available – found no clear link between emissions from CSG activities and health complaints from residents.”

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  4. Cathy on 16 March, 2015 Reply

    They told us smoking & asbestos was safe too

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  5. Kat - Living in a Gasfield on 23 March, 2015 Reply

    “Farmgirl” is more than likely a gas company puppet. The fact that you have paid SEO to highjack the ‘frackman’ keyword says it all. Any SEO half-wit can see the amount of effort you are making to sit on top of this movie & the gaining momentum behind it. Tragic. If the facts are as fictional as you say – why don’t you let the facts do the talking instead of putting your PR, whitewash spin on things trying to desperately discredit this film? Get real. PS: I will keep posting this comment until you approve it.

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  6. Andy on 12 April, 2015 Reply

    While frackman is great in respect to educating the community about the devastating affect csg has on the environment, it falls short of outlining the biggest problem these communities face in their battle. When you have a government that relies so heavily on revenue generated from this industry, and energy companies generously funding government departments (advertising on police cars) along with throwing substantial donations at the current federal liberal government, and recently defeated state gov’t campaign fund, it’s not an unreasonable assumption that a report given by http://www.health.qld.gov.au/publications/csg/documents/report.pdf would be less than credible. Investigations conducted by the same gov’t reporting on an industry that accounts for a substantial portion of their revenue and financial backers are, and always will be bias, and for want of a better word corrupt. The most recent point of disappointment for me was qgc buying out Darren Lockyer to play advocate for csg community support. I was a long time Broncos supporter until he decided to sell out Queenslanders in exchange for a wad of dirty money from energy companies with vested interests in destroying our country for financial rewards. I expected qgc to buy off a respected Queenslander in an attempt to convince the people of the fantasised advantages of csg, while downplaying the catastrophic realities associated with the extraction process used, and the irreversible contamination it leaves behind. Qgc policy #1: ‘pay off whoever and whatever needed to extinguish potentially damaging fires’. Lockyer on the other hand, has sold his self respect by accepting qgc’s kick back, something he’ll never be able to buy back.

    On that note GO THE ROOSTERS!
    PS: ‘farmgirl’ haha, nice try matey! Here’s my guess : you are an out of shape, male, hr manager or similar working for one of the energy companies, who’s closest experience with a farm, was a visit to the petting zoo at the royal show.

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  7. Jessica on 14 April, 2015 Reply

    Are you actually complaining about a documentary being funded by tax payers? What are your industry’s profits? How much tax do you pay? And equally importantly, how much do you get in subsidies?
    I’m sure the taxpayers are paying you a lot more than they paid for this movie.

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  8. PR rubbish on 14 April, 2015 Reply

    The fact that the your industry is fighting this tiny film by constantly trying to trump their website through search engine optimisation, as well as the fact that hundreds of thousands of Australian’s are standing up to your blatant disregard for this country, it’s people and environment has you shaking in your boots. You should be scared, you should be terrified, because people are standing up to your immoral, reprehensible acts and they are taking action. You can’t expect to blatantly destroy the environment and people’s livelihoods and get away with it. The government and CSG industry will pay dearly for what they have done and united Australian’s will ensure that.

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  9. Rickard Willis on 30 May, 2015 Reply

    The Fracking/petro-gass mineral mining industries are always crying that poor old them are being misrepresented by this huge and evil community environmental movement, yet it always refuses to engage in real community debate through the media or public forums. Instead it relies upon the services of an army of Multi-national PR experts and spin doctors utilizing multi-million dollar budgets to try and brain-wash the public into thinking, “everything is ok, mining industry is great, it is your friend, now go back to sleep”. Fact is most of these multi-national companies have larger incomes than 70% of the countries on earth. They are not individuals, have not interest in our communities and are completely driven by making vast profits. It is accurate to image these companies as if in some scary Si-Fi film, supreme evil driving over a planet hovering up all the resources and any communities that don’t get out of the way. Its a little irrelevant film, funny the billionaire miners are so upset, I have no tears to spare for them.

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  10. joseph stroud on 7 October, 2015 Reply

    Wake up Australians this is our drinking water we are talking about contaminating. EcoJoe

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