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The stage has been set for one of the most intriguing David and Goliath battles in this country’s history. Black Hole is the story of the fight to save the Leard State Forest from one of the most controversial coal mining projects in Australia – Whitehaven’s Maules Creek Coal Mine.
Set against the backdrop of the mining industry’s ever-increasing thirst for fossil fuels, Black Hole is an intense and riveting exposé of the tensions between large corporations, the Australian government and the community.
The protests against the proposed Maule’s Creek Coal Mine lasted for 965 days, as locals protested against the project which would threaten the destruction of a forest home to over 365 species, many endangered. It also threatened many sacred sites of the Gomeroi indigenous community.
Director João Dujon Pereira was on scene to record it all – the protests, the arrests, and the coal company’s response. Without any assistance, João filmed over 700 hours of footage and 50 interviews, which was edited down to the final film. The result is an extraordinary document of the growing backlash from Australian citizens towards mining corporations.