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The Aussie hero you’ve never heard of

Story by Anthony Sharwood

THERE’S a movie currently taking Australian cinemas by storm, and you’ve probably never even heard of it.

That’s because it’s not playing at a giant megaplex near you, but at art house cinemas here and there and at halls and theatres in towns around the country – where locals are going absolutely nuts for it.

The reason they’re going nuts? It’s about them, that’s why. It’s about ordinary Aussies protecting what belongs to them against greedy companies trying to take it all away.

The film’s star Dayne Pratzky is one of those very ordinary Aussies. A labourer on Sydney’s Lane Cove Tunnel who left school in year nine, he decided to leave the city aged 30 to try his hand on the land. He bought a property dotted with scraggly gum trees near Tara, about three hours west of Brisbane on Queensland’s Darling Downs.

Then the gas companies showed up and told him they were drilling. As Dayne narrates it in his movie Frackman:

“One day a guy drove down my driveway and said: ‘...we’re going to sink a well down the back of your place. And if you don’t like it, there’s nothing you can do about it’.”

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