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Film Completed   /  Bessie Byrne


A feature-length documentary retracing Australia's most significant environmental win to save the remote Franklin River.


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  • DIRECTOR Kasimir Burgess

  • PRODUCER Chris Kamen



FRANKLIN is a visually stunning feature-length documentary about Australia’s most significant environmental campaign: the eight-year battle to save Tasmania’s World-Heritage listed Franklin River from being dammed by a hydroelectric project in the early 1980s.

The story is told through the eyes of Oliver Cassidy, a transgender environmentalist and 8th generation Tasmanian, whose late father Mike was a key activist in the campaign. Oliver embarks on an ambitious 12-day solo rafting adventure down the river to retrace Mike's expedition to the dam site blockade where he, along with 1271 other people, were arrested for demonstrating.

On the river and reading through Mike's diary, Oliver gains a new understanding of the campaign's legacy and its relevancy to today's environmental battles.

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43.89% funded
  • $320,000.00

  • $140,463.00

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Liz Locksley $50.00
Manuel Cot Ros $10.00
simon cavendish $101.00
Georgia Quinn $10.00
TAMIKA Bannister $500.00
Philippa Campey $50.00
David Harries $200.00
Phil Beeston $40.00
Pozible Campaign June 2020 (Offline) $67,425.00
Maria Harries $150.00
Anonymous $100.00
Sarah Harries $20.00
Rachael Harries $50.00
Nicholas Harries $100.00
Joanna Baevski $15,000.00
Leon Barmuta $500.00
Peter Brann $50.00
Anonymous $40.00
Kathryn Thomas $100.00
Anonymous $40.00
Ian Cresswell $500.00
Kate Kirkhope $50.00
Fleur Bound $30.00
John Hepper $200.00
Kaz Knights $50.00
Julie Bain $30.00
Jeanette Krohn $100.00
Joanna Baevski $20,000.00
John Upcher $250.00
Erin Wilson $200.00
James Anderson $250.00
Kimbra Bridges $50.00
Toney Hallahan $50.00
Lee Naish $1,000.00
Nitu Gupta $500.00
Mason Dean $50.00
Suellen Lembke $100.00
Anonymous $50.00
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Dorothy Hutton $500.00
Helen Martin $3,500.00
Gillian O’Malley $100.00
Michael McMahon $250.00
Marilou Hudson $50.00
Anonymous $1,000.00
Kathryn Thomas $100.00
Gaby Jung $20.00
Allison Garrett $10.00
Andrew Sirianni $150.00
Elissa Robins $30.00
Susan Aujard $57.00
Caroline Dean $30.00
Anonymous $100.00
Anonymous $500.00
John McLaine $100.00
Richard Cassidy $500.00
Jill Cassidy $200.00
Kate Cullity $10,000.00
Ed Bastick $70.00
Brett Kelly $50.00
Remus Schwab-Russell $3,500.00
Steph Stokes $1,000.00
Anonymous $6,000.00
Tim Marshall $50.00
Megan Genat $150.00
Meg Miklosvary $500.00
Amanda Woodward $200.00
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Viktoria Szemes $500.00
Rose Vaughan $100.00
Sandra Cahir $200.00
Catherine Perez $100.00
peter kamen $200.00
Linda Clark $100.00
pamela kamen $200.00
Anne Layton-Bennett $50.00
Judith Abbott $100.00
Luke Altmann $100.00
Lee Matthews $50.00
Phillip Mulligan $100.00
Anonymous $50.00
Maria Rolls $100.00
Blake Laurent $1,000.00
Andrew Bowen $50.00
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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The Franklin campaign remains as Australia’s most significant environmental movement. The film will investigate why it was so successful when others have failed, and what lessons can be applied to other non-violent movements today.

This is a film that will not only help audiences understand how it’s possible to win an environmental movement, but how they can be part of that win.

Unlike many films about big environmental issues, this one has a happy ending and would make a good companion film to other films or presentations which speak to a current and unsolved issue.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

This impact film will demonstrate the power of peaceful activism and will show citizens how to make the world a more inclusive, sustainable and democratic place.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

The long term outcomes we would like to see encouraged by this film include;
Increased diverse, active participation in our democracy, electoral enrolments, the right to protest upheld and increased protections where needed, EPBC and other laws used to effectively protect the environment and stop extinctions, Green New Deal or other progressive policy implemented that protects nature, increased environmental justice, reduced rate of deforestation, environmental degradation and species loss and more people winning as political candidates on a green platform.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Dark Water will partner with training organisations to have educational packs at the ready. These will build on the film's momentum with a more detailed examination of the tools of change including theories of change, how to structure and tell personal stories, and templates for considering strategies for change etc
We will be partnering with ENGOs and running community screenings around the country, inviting people tackling local issues to come and speak to what that community is facing and help them tap into an energised community.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Our impact team has a wealth of experience in the environmental space and is continuing to develop relationships with key people. Impact partners have been assisting with research, access to archival, and development of key messages. We are working closely with relevant orgs to make the most of this opportunity and design a campaign with maximum reach and potential for social change.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

Watch film and Q&As. Learn more on our website (learning portal)
Host impact screening(s)
Donate to impact partners campaigns and programs
Sign petition, send a letter, contact influential people
Join impact partners action groups
Attend a protest - peaceful activism event
Use education resources/study the film
Do activism or leadership training.
Consider supporting someone, who identifies as being part of a community that is under-represented in the system, to run for a leadership position. Put yourself forward for a leadership position.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

The film will be screened for community groups all over Australia and internationally. We will work with these groups to make best use of the energy from the film and what call to action is appropriate for that group. We will set up a robust process for collecting data including, forms, tracking links, analytics, reporting processes with partners and measurable goals. We will be able to check-in with community organisers down the track and get a sense of the greater impact and progress we are making.