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'BLACK HOLE' Documentary

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DUE to OVERWHELMING demand I have now set up a donation system on the BLACK HOLE web page. Same perks as before. We ran out of time to raise the $20k so here is your chance of you missed out.

You can now DONATE through the BLACK HOLE website. www.blackholemovie.com.au

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UPDATE - Leard Forest Tree Sit

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UPDATE - $10K Target - Thank You

UPDATE - 4th June





One Mining Company, a protest camp running for over 570 days, 159 voluntary arrests and counting, a State Forest home to 396 Species of native fauna and flora, 34 of which are endangered. What is this all about?




SYNOPSIS

The stage has been set for one of the most intriguing David and Goliath battles in this nations history. Black Hole is the story of one of the most controversial coal mining projects in Australia. This story is happening now.

Filmed in real time and in the moment, this film is capturing the events as they unfold with the excitement of the unknown.


Act Up 3 Direct Action at Maules Creek Mine

Black Hole
explores the fight to stop the clearing of the Leard State Forest, transforming it into an open cut coal mine.

Black Hole
is a feature documentary that aims to tell the Maules Creek story through the voices of the many diverse and colourful characters including the Local Farmers, Indigenous Elders, Scientists, Community Supporters, Mining company personal, Police and Politicians.

The community concerns range from the destruction of sacred Indigenous burial sites, the clear felling of one of the last intact areas of White Box Forests, including the native flora and fauna, water table contamination, water acquisition rights, coal dust pollution and cost of living just to name a few.

It is estimated that the Maules Creek Mine will release about 30 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, or some 630 million tonnes for the period 2012-2032. To put these figures in perspective, the total of the emissions from the entire country of New Zealand.



On the other side of the fence are political characters at the helm of Whitehaven Coal. These include now one time mining billionaire and former owner of Whitehaven Coal Nathan Tinkler, who is currently under investigation at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Former Deputy Prime Minister under the Howard Government, Mark Vaile who was appointed as Chairman of Tinkler’s Aston Resources Company, and subsequently after the merger became the Chairman of Whitehaven Coal.

The twists continue, when in January of 2013, 25 year old interpreter Jonathon Moylan allegedly sent a hoax press release from ANZ Bank informing shareholders that ANZ was planning to withdraw $1.2 billion in funding for the Whitehaven Coal Mine in NSW on ethical grounds. He is now facing the Supreme Court on criminal charges with the possibility of 10 years imprisonment and a $765,000 fine.


Bill Ryan WWII Veteran - Act Up 3 Direct Action at Maules Creek.

The effect of the community actions have led to the State Government mobilising large Police numbers including Police Air wing, Riot Squad, Dog Squad and Police Rescue. This has included the closing of the public forest, public roads and intimidation of the participants involved in the campaign.

Black Hole will be a lasting document of one of the longest continually sustained actions against a mining company in Australia's history.


Farmer Cliff Wallace at Police Road Block.

www.blackholemovie.com.au


DIRECTORS STATEMENT | JOAO DUJON PEREIRA

Making a documentary film just about takes us filmmakers into unknown territory the majority of the time. Black Hole is no exception.

Initially my intention was to create a short documentary, but as I have delved deeper into this I found something so short would not do just to this epic event. Only a feature film can capture this unfolding narrative and I am compelled to make it.

This journey has opened my mind to be more subjective, appreciating others opinions even if they are differing to my own. There are valid reasons in any ones mind on why they do or say things, and I am intrigued to hear those views with an open mind.

As a filmmaker I don't see things in black & white, but in many shades of grey. One only dreams of such an opportunity to cover such a significant event in Australia's history.

Black Hole needs to be made - Become a part of History!

HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE USED

These funds will be used to complete the filming, production and post production of the documentary. I have already filmed over twenty (20) interviews and countless hours of the direct action, as well as other selected scenery footage. With your assistance I will film further key interviews and shoot additional footage. My aim from the beginning of the process was to make this documentary as cinematic as possible. highest production standard.

I will travel to Maules creek at the of June and for the next 3 months to complete the interviews, filming and production. Whilst on the road I will be editing, in order to have the film completed as soon as possible to keep they story current.
It is a massive undertaking, but I am capable and up for the challenge, however I do need your assistance.

Your investment will cover:

Director and Assistant Costs

  • Travel (Fuel, Flights)
  • Accommodation
  • Food
Film Production Costs
  • General Production Costs
  • Additional Equipment
  • Aerial Footage
  • Post Production (including interview transcriptions, hard drives, editing, motion graphics, sound mixing, colour grading).
  • Music Licensing
  • Film Legals
Black Hole is being created on a bare bones budget and only made possible as I am multi disciplined, so I will be covering many of the aspects of the production of the documentary. As well, other industry professionals have generously given some in kind support for more technical aspects in post production. A feature documentary of this magnitude usually costs in excess of $250,000 to create if everyone was being paid industry rates.

$20,000 is the target and if we exceed this, all money will go to making the documentary even higher in standard.


Once the production and post production phase are completed the documentary is planned to be released through an official screening tour throughout the east coast of Australia:

  1. Melbourne
  2. Sydney
  3. Newcastle
  4. Canberra
  5. Tamworth
  6. Narrabri
  7. Byron Bay
  8. Brisbane
  9. Sunshine Coast
Following this tour it will be released on the internet.


PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY

JOAO DUJON PEREIRA - FILMMAKER

Dujon is a Melbourne based freelance cinematographer, editor and filmmaker . As well as freelancing as a cinematographer and editor he runs his production company Optical Alkemi.

In 2006 Dujon’s travels took him to South America for eleven months to volunteer at various sustainable farms. His travels subsequently took him to El Bolson in Patagonia, Argentina. Inadvertently he embarked on what was to be his first feature documentary called La Segunda Conquista (The Second Conquest). La Segunda Conquista went on to be screened in a number of National and International film festivals. This experience gave him the driving passion for producing film, specifically documentary.

On his return he created Optical Alkemi and has produced and directed a number of short documentaries, promos, music videos and short films. Productions have included environmental, arts and human focused work. Including having the video production contract for the past four years at Rainbow Serpent Festival in Victoria.

His passion for storytelling through film increases each day. The ability to entertain, educate and emotionally touch a person is addictive, and it is certainly an addiction he will happily carry for the rest of his life.

Dujon returned to study and completed his Advanced Diploma in Film & TV at Swinburne University in Melbourne. He has also completed his Certificate in Executive Production at Victoria University – Melbourne in 2011 as well as Certificate in Documentary at AFTRS – Melbourne in 2010.



  • Campaign Update

    Dear Supporters,Firstly apologies about that last email with the photo attachment.  It was brought to my attention it was a rather large file.I also just wanted to clarify, that although the campaign did not reach the $20k mark it does not mean your contribution has not been received.  The campaign was actually set as a flexible campaign, so Black Hole would receive the money whether it made the limit.The film is still going ahead, and not reaching the $20k will have no detriment to the film at all.  I have made it available to donate through PAYPAL directly on the website, as after it finished we were getting people wanting to still donate.I just wanted to clarify this, and once again thank you for the support.www.blackholemovie.com.auWarm RegardsDujon

    by Joao Dujon at 2014-06-19 18:24:16

  • Campaign Update

    DUE to OVERWHELMING demand I have now set up a donation system on the BLACK HOLE web page. Same perks as before. We ran out of time to raise the $20k so here is your chance of you missed out.You can now DONATE through the BLACK HOLE website. www.blackholemovie.com.au

    by Joao Dujon at 2014-06-19 17:31:42

  • Campaign Update

    DUE to OVERWHELMING demand I have now set up a donation system on the BLACK HOLE web page. Same perks as before. We ran out of time to raise the $20k so here is your chance of you missed out.You can now DONATE through the BLACK HOLE website. www.blackholemovie.com.au

    by Joao Dujon at 2014-06-19 17:28:13

  • Campaign Update

    Rowena send me a message via email contact@blackholemovie.com.au

    by Joao Dujon at 2014-06-19 15:06:07

  • Campaign Update

    BLACK HOLE Crowd Funding Campaign is over!!!WOW what a journey.... now to completely focus on the film. Thank You for all the support both financially and also in various other ways. I will continue to make the best film I can.

    by Joao Dujon at 2014-06-19 15:02:31

  • If the community wins this battle, their fight should not be forgotten. If Whitehaven wins, their crimes should be remembered. I only wish this campaign had gone for a few more days so that I could have rallied friends and family together and donated more! Best of luck.

    by Rowena at 2014-06-19 13:37:20

  • This film looks beautifully crafted and the message is sincere and heartfelt. Please help this producer complete the project

    by Alison at 2014-06-19 07:26:37

  • Good luck guys. Just signing petitions, attending meetings, sharing links etc no longer seems enough. I feel its time to get behind and support people who are actually involved in 'Direct Action' (not Tony's sort). The environmental devastation that's occurring by governments promoting continued exploitation of coal, in the name of economic necessity while quashing any renewable initiatives, is ultimately a crime against humanity that needs to be documented. Hopefully the general public will also become a little more aware as a consequence and vote to have representatives in government that actually look after their, and future generations, interests, instead of pandering to big businesses and short term profits, but that may be asking a little too much from this documentary film the 'BLACK HOLE' .

    by Karin at 2014-06-17 12:10:51

  • I am looking forward to watching this and hoping that it raises more awareness in Australia. The public has just started to waken up to the government and coal and CSG mining companies and are not happy. The more education out there the better.

    by Jacqui at 2014-06-17 00:00:38

  • Even if you are not an Aussie citizen it is very important to contribute, this crap is fucking up and polluting the whole world. Australia has the reputation of being the 'rawest' continent but instead the government is horribly corrupt and selling the continent overseas. It is time to stand up!

    by Justine at 2014-06-16 21:12:04

  • Campaign Update

    POLICE SEARCHES @ Leard State Forest"So where were the Police when we were having our water removed?" John Clement WOW!!! What a journey. In the space of 3 weeks Black Hole has raised nearly $14k and has over 240 contributors to the campaign. Totally amazing. The crowd funding campaign is in it's last 72 hours. Thank you to all that have contributed and shared.Lets see if we can reach the $20k in the last 72 hours. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3284394173107...crowdfundi.ng/blackholemovie#leardblockade #coal #police #farming

    by Joao Dujon at 2014-06-16 20:47:28

  • Anything I can do to stop Ecocide happening on our beloved precious planet, I will do! This is another outrageous disaster ....it's stopped til September...but needs to be stopped altogether...thankyou for your contribution to this...deeply appreciated!

    by Aza at 2014-06-14 21:35:03

  • We are many they are few. Take heart, we can take our planet back.

    by Paul at 2014-06-11 16:38:00

  • Campaign Update

    New UPDATE video.  on.fb.me/SJrvhH

    by Joao Dujon at 2014-06-10 18:11:53

  • Campaign Update

    Hello Supporters,Thank you to everyone who has donated, Black hole is well on the way to it's $20k target.  Your support has been great and truly appreciated.  Keep following Black Hole and check out the little video update I put together on the road.  Keep and eye out for further updates.  12 days left in the crowd funding campaign. Thank You Video LinkDujon

    by Joao Dujon at 2014-06-07 23:14:00

  • I brought the target to the halfway ($10,000) mark!

    by Eli at 2014-06-05 16:33:18

  • This documentary preview made me realise what is really going on down there and therefore I have been moved into action. I hope you manage to finish the documentary before its too late!

    by Stephanie at 2014-06-05 14:13:23

  • Corporations have vast resources deployed to advertise and support their position. The other stories need to be told and I want to contribute! Disillusioned by continual trashing of our home/planet and 'dodgy' political decisions bowing to the mighty $.

    by Ruth at 2014-06-04 23:06:39

  • Looks like it will be a great docco to watch on the Frontline Action on Coal campaign; that will help us all learn more about this "direct" Action on Climate Change...

    by Peter at 2014-06-02 22:32:19

  • I cant attend the blockade but I can help a little with the $$

    by John at 2014-05-31 12:25:32

  • i can't be there in person, but i am there in spirit and happy to contribute financially to support all those putting their bodies on the line for our forest

    by angela at 2014-05-28 21:00:39

  • Campaign Update

    Thank you so much for your support. Every contribution counts and I gratefully appreciate every cent of your support. I understand people are in better positions than others, the main thing that counts is that you care and believe in this project and what it is covering. Whitehaven Coal have begun to clear in the State Forest. The NSW vetoed the Environmental plan and have allowed Whitehaven to clear the Leard State Forest over winter. This is when the native Fauna are at their most vulnerable. I am flying to Maules Creek on Friday for 5 days and then then returning in mid June for 3-4 months to complete the film. Please keep on sharing....it has been an amazing response so far. Over 25% in 3 days. :-)DUJON

    by Joao Dujon at 2014-05-28 15:54:57

  • Love and big ups to you Dujon! Keep up the awesome work x

    by Patricia at 2014-05-27 13:59:01

  • For me, I have to make a stand to save this State Forest. We need to move towards sustainable energy. Just because the coal in the ground has some monetary value doesn't mean it should be dug up at any 'cost'. The environmental 'cost' is the loss of the critically endangered White Box Woodland and threatened species cannot be 'offset' and even if it could, it should be protected. Already I have witnessed the haze of smog from the coal mines already worked in the area - shocking to see such pollution in a rural scene. Keep up the good work - I'm working with you!!

    by Kerri at 2014-05-27 09:08:45

  • Campaign Update

    Good Morning,I hope this message receives you well and in good spirits.  I wanted to thank you for becoming part of Black Hole Feature Documentary.  It is a very big undertaking when one decides to make a feature film, and especially when people entrust their hard earned money, especially to a stranger for many contributors.I take what I do very seriously and with that I accept the responsibility that has been entrusted to me by everyone involved.  Be that the people who share their stories with me, the people who support me in my day to day life, as well as my new found supporters through this journey of creating this film.I have been really blown away by the support on the first day and in reality the first day was only a half day.  In the first twelve (12) hours we have raised over $3000 or 15% of the target.  Your early support has been crucial for the success of the crowd funding campaign, not only financially but also through spreading awareness of the film and and more importantly what the film is about. Please continue to share the trailer and the campaign with your friends and networks.  Please remember there is an official website www.blackholemovie.com.au.  Over time more content and information will be updated as the journey progresses, and you can subscribe to the mailing list for updates.Also you can visit www.opticalalkemi.com if you are interested in seeing more of my work.Once again please accept my deep gratitude for your support and being a very significant piece of Australian history.Warmest RegardsDujon or to my family Joao

    by Joao Dujon at 2014-05-27 02:06:52

  • Seeing local communities defend their ecology against private interests is always compelling viewing. Best of luck, may your feet find the footage.

    by Brian at 2014-05-26 22:46:28

  • Absolutely ecstatic that you have chosen to make a documentary about the devastating threat facing Leard State Forest. We need you! If we can stop the expansion of the Whitehaven coal mine there, it will be a pivotal ecological turning point in Australia's history. It is people power that will win this, as it has with many other environmental threats, and there's nothing like a documentary to galvanise awareness. Thank you! Karen & Tony Yeigh :)

    by David Anthony at 2014-05-26 15:35:04

  • This trailer about Whitehaven Coal's Maules Creek Mine in the Leard State Forest is amazing! So emotive, and amazing to hear from such a diverse bunch of people about this campaign. I can't wait to see the finished product!

    by Philip at 2014-05-26 12:53:19

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