by GREG KING
Film-maker Liz McCarthy is bringing her “I Dream of Gina” crowd-funding campaign to Melbourne on Wednesday June 25 2014 with a free launch event at the Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place from 6.00pm. With a presentation on why this film needs to be made by Liz McCarthy and some Gina Rinehart poetry, the night is one not to be missed for those interested in knowing more about Australia’s most influential woman.
How much influence does Gina Rinehart have on the budget in Australia? According to film-maker, Liz McCarthy, Gina has had too much influence and is calling on Australians get behind her crowd-funding project. Currently seeking funding on crowd-funding site, www.pozible.com, “I Dream of Gina” is a feature documentary that will explore big money, media ownership, mining interests and mythology, through the enigmatic and controversial figure of Gina Rinehart. The film will follow Liz McCarthy, an intrepid filmmaker, on a quest to understand Gina’s vision for Australia, document the impact of her mining operations and gain access to the notoriously media shy magnate herself.
What do we know about her and her impacts and influences on the environment, Australian workers, the local media landscape, democracy and the Government and Indigenous Australia?
Filmmaker Liz McCarthy Needs Your Financial Support to Make this Film and Answer Your Questions about Gina Rinehart – Support Now, Before It’s Too Late
With questions in hand demanding answers, Liz is now ready to start the production phase of “I Dream of Gina” and is looking for crowd-funding financial support to assist in filming the mining communities in Queensland and Western Australia where Gina’s projects are currently in development as well as Hancock Prospecting’s ongoing activity at Hope Downs and Roy Hill and Hancock Coal / GVK’s Alpha Coal and Kevin Corner mines in the Galilee Basin which threaten Australia’s very own Great Barrier Reef.
Through interviews with expert economists, journalists and politicians the film will reveal Gina’s connection with the media, government and the life of the nation. On the road we encounter Gina through her impacts on the environment, on workers and Indigenous Australia.
The film traces the source of her wealth to the vast iron ore deposits discovered by her father, Lang Hancock in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. At Roy Hill we see his dream being realised by Gina with one of the world’s biggest mines in construction.
“This film is not only my quest to pin down Gina Rinehart, but a shared journey into the heart of Australia: where are we going? What are our values? What dreams do we hold for our future? I am driven by a genuine curiosity to understand what drives Gina. On one hand she wants to be recognised as a successful business woman in her own right. More than anything she wants to do what her father never did and own and operate her own mine. At the same time she honestly believes Australia and the world at large would be a better place if we were to listen to the gospel she preaches. She’s not only pursuing wealth and success but she’s got an agenda. This agenda is starting to be realised and it’s potentially disastrous for Australia, the climate and the planet” said film-maker, Liz McCarthy.
In lieu of speaking directly to Gina, the film explores her vision for Australia using Gina’s own You Tube addresses, poetry, impersonation, parody and satire. Combining interviews, archives and ‘Gina reconstructions’ the film builds a picture of Gina’s Australia. This vision is set against the lived reality of Fly-In Fly-Out workers, Indigenous people of the Pilbara, foreign workers and families and individuals in mining communities.
Will the filmmaker come face to face with Gina and pierce the bubble of this enigmatic and unapproachable figure? Will she find only fool’s gold as she approaches this shimmering mirage or is mining creating the society of our dreams?
Given her growing wealth, expanding media interests, fierce litigation of journalists and her close relationship with the sitting government, Gina Rinehart matters now more than ever. An investigative road film (think Priscilla meets Roger and Me), “I Dream of Gina” asks, what does Gina mean for Australia? What does Gina’s Australia look like and what alternative dreams are there for the future?
Crowd-funding financial pledges for “I Dream of Gina” can now be made at https://www.pozible.com/project/176316 – funding closes on June 28 2014
Date: Wednesday June 25 2014
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Location: Loop Bar, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne
To find out more about this documentary and the quest to finance the film Greg King speaks to the Liz MCarthy on his Movies At Dusk program on 3WBC 94.1FM.
To listen click on the link below