Director Ivan Hexter and Associate Producer Bessie Byrne will introduce the film.
Dir. Ivan Hexter | Australia | 2016 | TBC | Sydney Premiere
With Melbourne’s population booming, the problem of congestion in our city has long been a matter of heated debate. While some support the addition of extra roads, bypasses, tunnels and the widening of lanes to assist traffic flow and ease congestion, others feel that a simple increase in public transport services would be a more practically and environmentally sound alternative.
Introduced by a Napthine government, elected off the back of its pro-public transport platform, The East-West Link project proposed that roads be built cutting through the heart of inner Melbourne, connecting suburbs on either side of the CBD. The campaign dominated mainstream media and became a crucial issue in the 2014 state election. Concerned about the plans narrow focus and negative environmental impact on the city’s liveability, residents from all walks of life began a grassroots campaign to block the project. Tunnel Vision, presents this battle from their perspective, documenting one the most historic and awe-inspiring acts of community activism to have ever taken place in Melbourne.
Cinematic proof of what can be achieved when a community unites as one, Tunnel Vision, told in an evocative and eye-catching style, takes us to the frontlines of the campaign to prevent the construction of this tunnel. The film incisively cutting together scenes of mass demonstrations, strategic meetings, legal challenges, and interviews with key participants and experts in infrastructure and city planning. In this, director Ivan Hexter intricately frames this epic struggle of the community who fought in favour of consultation, transparency and fairness.
With developments like WestConnex planned for Sydney and similar projects threatening the progress and sustainability of many cities across the country, Tunnel Vision stands as a powerful documentary that successfully demonstrates how coordinated acts of civil disobedience, savvy social media strategies and direct action can overcome vested political interest.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and activists.
Ivan Hexter, Director of Tunnel Vision
Peter Hehir, Rozelle Against WestConnex
Sharon Laura, Stop WestConnex
Bessie Byrne, Producer of Tunnel Vision