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An epic rafting adventure retraces the story of Australia’s most significant environmental battle: Saving the Franklin.


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  • DIRECTOR Kasimir Burgess

  • PRODUCER Chris Kamen



Eighth-generation Tasmanian and environmentalist Oliver Cassidy embarks on a life-changing solo rafting trip down the beautiful yet remote Franklin River. His goal is to retrace his late father’s 18-day expedition to attend the blockade that saved the World-Heritage listed national park from being destroyed by a huge hydroelectric dam project in the early 1980s.

Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with key players such as Bob Brown and Uncle Jim Everett, the eight-year-long 'Franklin campaign' is revealed as the most significant environmental protest in Australia's history; an inspiring example of the power of non-violent direct action to bring about lasting change.

Physically challenged beyond his limits, Oliver’s journey is one of healing and deeper understanding as he searches for the right way to say 'goodbye' to his father.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The Franklin River campaign remains Australia’s most significant environmental movement. It demonstrates how activism and peaceful protest is an essential part of a healthy Australian democracy.

40 years on, our right to protest is under threat. Governments across Australia, encouraged by conservative lobby groups, are trying to introduce anti-protest laws that would see our right to protest curtailed. We need to stop these laws and work to enshrine the right to peaceful protest in legislation for good.

Meanwhile, today’s activists face fatigue, burnout, and mental health issues as they seek positive change on the critical issues of our time. We need to make activists feel valued and supported, and inspire other citizens to get involved in a sustainable way.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

By celebrating non-violent activism as part of good citizenship and a healthy democracy, FRANKLIN will inspire audiences to commence and continue positive sustainable political action.


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?

FRANKLIN 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.