'The Damning of Mary'


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Save the Mary River Coordinating Group
Support and Information Centre, Kandanga Railway, Ph:  5488 4800
http://www.savethemaryriver.com/     savethemaryriver@gmail.com
 
Dam campaigners offer exclusive preview of controversial documentary
 
DEAN Love makes no apologies for confronting his audience with his controversial documentary 'The Damning of Mary'.
 
In fact, he wants to open up the proverbial can of worms with the exclusive preview showing of the 35-minute feature which will be held at Kandanga Hall on March 9, from 6pm.
 
The Mary Valley residents who have been at the front line of the proposal to build the Traveston Crossing Dam will get to see the show first.
 
"We sensed there was a great injustice occurring in the Mary Valley when we were there doing some filming for the Brisbane Greens last year," Dean said.
 
"So we came back to tell the full story."
 
He heads up the fledgling independent film company Big Love Productions, and is hoping the emotional debut documentary will carve a niche for them on the market.
 
"We have taken an innovative approach - being completely unfunded, we can maintain the integrity of the film, as well as fast-track its production to have it on the market when it is most needed," Dean said.
 
The Kandanga preview will whet people's appetite for the official launch in Brisbane at the Metro Arts complex in Edward Street on March 15.
 
The band which produced the soundtrack music to "The Damning of Mary" - Them Rusty Halos - will appear live at the Kandanga sneak preview, and the Save the Mary River Coordinating Group will sell food as well as manning an information booth to update locals on the upcoming Senate Inquiry and other issues surrounding the dam proposal.
 
Dean said: "We have avoided the dry intellectualism which usually surrounds the documentary genre.
 
"Instead we have intentionally chosen to address the emotional aspect of this proposal.
 
"We ask the question everyone is asking - why is there such outrage about the Beattie Government's plan to build a dam to alleviate one of the worst droughts on record?
 
"What of the people caught in the crosshairs of political will?"
 
Using footage, from public confrontation of the politicians involved to heart-wrenching interviews with victims in the way of the proposed dam, this documentary explores the social and political aspects and how the two clash.
 
"This documentary is not about the dam proposal itself, it is not about politics, climate change, or water infrastructure.
 
"It is a documentary on social conscience, and it is a call for love," Dean said.
 

Save the Mary River upcoming events
 
March 9: Exclusive documentary preview "The Damning of Mary" and public information session, Kandanga Hall, sausage sizzle 6pm, documentary 6.30pm, contact Glenda Pickersgill 5484 3150 or 0411 443589
 
March 31: Major art auction, fundraiser for Save the Mary River Coordinating Group, Cooroy Butter Factory, from 5pm, contact John Porter 5485 5255 or 5447 6981
 
Save the Mary River Coordinating Group
Support and Information Centre, Kandanga Railway, Ph:  5488 4800
http://www.savethemaryriver.com/     savethemaryriver@gmail.com
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