Hulbert Street Movies

A couple of years ago we came across the Transition Town movement. Based on the idea that as climate change and peak oil depletion bite the way we live will undergo radical change, this grass roots movement assumes that if we act appropriately the place we end up could be better than where we are now. By reducing our consumption and redirecting our activity to the local area we live in, we can build more resilient and connected communities and live simpler but more satisfying lives.

The first step towards creating a Transition Town is to spread awareness of the changes we are undergoing to as broad an audience as possible. The next step is to get people to envisage a positive future and work towards that.

Although not brave enough to try and “transition Fremantle”, we decided to start screening some of the excellent movies available depicting both the huge crises we face and some of the proactive positive responses people all over the world are making.

We started with a movie screened for Hulbert Street. We parked a truck across the street, tied a sheet to the side of it for a screen, balanced the data projector on a bin, and the laptop in a wheelbarrow and invited our neighbours to bring along bean bags and popcorn.

The crowd grew each time we screened a movie until we had up to 150 people sharing food and conversation on the “Hulbert Street Common”. We find as some of the movies can be quite confronting it is good to view them in the company of like mined folk to help with debriefing afterwards.

Our summer movies have proved so popular that this year we decided to continue them over the winter, making use of some indoor space at Curtin University Sustainability Practice (CUSP). Movies are currently screened on the third Friday of each month.

Movies we have screened include: Power Of Community, End of Suburbia and the sequel Escape from SurburbiaHomegrown Revolution and Homegrown – from the Path to Freedom family, Who killed the electric car?, Flow – for love of water, Crude – the incredible journey of oil, One Man One Cow One Planet, Australia’s Pumping Empty, The Future of Food,  Transition Town- the movie, Garbage Warriors, End of the Line, Food Inc etc etc

Sometimes people say “sure but aren’t you preaching to the converted?” Rather than seeing this as a negative thing we always respond that the movies allow the converted to continue to be motivated and make changes in their lives and community.

If you are interested in being on the Hulbert Street Movies email list, you can join here and check out our lastest schedule at the bottom of this page.

The Painted Fish 2011 Winter Movie Program at CUSP

Curtin University of Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute #3 Pakenham Street, Fremantle Please note this venue is not heated so bring your winter beanie, hot water bottles and body shaped insulation!  6pm for shared pizza dinner (BYO toppings) 7.30 for movie

Friday JUNE 17thth   FRESH New thinking about what we are eating – FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re- inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences : food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of out food and our planet. Fresh addresses an ethos that has been sweeping the nation and is a call to action America has been waiting for.

Friday JULY 15thth   BAG IT IS your life too plastic?  Bag It has been garnering awards at film festivals across the nation. What started as a documentary about plastic bags evolved into a wholesale investigation into plastics and their effect on our waterways, oceans, and even our bodies. Join the Bag It movement and decide for yourself how plastic your life will be.

 Friday AUGUST 19th   SEED HUNTER Seed Hunter is a highly entertaining documentary about a topic that is vital for the future of the planet: finding seeds that may help save the world from its greatest ever crisis – a global food shortage brought about by human-induced climate change.

Friday SEPTEMBER 16th   Sustainable Flicks from Freo Come and celebrate sustainability in Freo with a series of short movies about our town and what is happening.  More information coming soon!

 Friday OCTOBER 21st   ASTRO TURF WARS From the Tea Parties to the healthcare and climate wars, America’s conservative citizens have revolted against the Obama agenda. But are these grassroots actions in fact examples of ‘astroturfing’? – The practice of manufacturing citizens groups for the purpose of delivering corporate messages. Curious to find out, Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham went undercover to investigate. What he found was astroturfing on a scale greater than he could have imagined, threatening not only the health of American democracy, but that of its citizens and the planet as a whole.


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