Film to shed light on Repco Rally
A NEW documentary on Repco Rally Australia will aim to assist community reconciliation in the wake of the controversial event.
Murwillumbah filmmaker Harmony Church will release Consultation or Control? next Wednesday.
Ms Church said the 30 minute documentary would present both sides of the September race in a balanced manner.
“It will help both sides of the spectrum, pro-rally and anti-rally, understand where their opposition is coming from,” Ms Church said.
“The rally caused a rift in the community so we hope this will help inform the viewers what the rally was about, why it was held here, how it was approved and why it angered so many people.
“We want the audience to come away from the movie and make up their own mind on the subject. This is no campaign film. It’s a mutual piece.”
The film is expected to cover topics including environmental issues, community consultations and local business benefits.
It will also include allegations of rock-throwing at the Byrrill Creek which forced the cancellation of a stage of the World Rally Championships.
The documentary will also chronicle the lead-up to the rally, including a peaceful protest held in the streets of Murwillumbah in May.
Interviewees for the film include Repco Rally Australia chairman Alan Evans, members of the No Rally Group, business owners and environmentalists.
The film will only be screened once at the Murwillumbah Regent Cinemas.
Co-producer and Caldera Environment Centre secretary Sam Dawson said it was important for them to show both sides of the story.
“There was no point making something that only supporters of the No Rally Group would come and see,” Mr Dawson said.
The film will screen at Murwillumbah Regent Cinema next Wednesday, December 2.
Doors open at 6.30pm and the movie starts at 7pm.
Cost is $10.