ON FILM: A Flickerfest still of the Knitting Nannas.
ON FILM: A Flickerfest still of the Knitting Nannas. Contributed

Knitting nannas coming to the silver screen

SOMETIMES the most serious messages are best conveyed through humour.

The Northern Rivers' very own Knitting Nannas Against Gas are hitting the big screen in a light-hearted documentary which will screen at Flickerfest in Sydney later this month.

The Knitting Nannas were approached by Blue Mountains-based film maker Rani Brown in early 2013 and spent 18 months creating the documentary, appropriately named Knitting Nannas, which showcases the faces of the Northern Rivers women knitting for change.

"The story is about the nannas and it gives some insight into their personalities and how they came to be involved in the issue," Ms Brown said.

Ms Brown said her "hope for the film" was that through its levity, it would inspire people to become more involved in environmental issues such as CSG.

"I feel this film gives an insight into some of the quirky characters involved and I hope the audience will engage and fall in love with the nannas and what they're doing and feel more inspired to act because of the humour involved," she said.

Knitting Nanna Clare Twomey said Ms Brown contacted the group through their Facebook page and filmed the nannas for almost a year at various events, protests and blockades.

"She's put a really good film together that's a mix of serious as well as a lot of fun," Ms Twomey said.

"It's going to be brilliant to spread the Knitting Nanna movement around the country to protect air, land and water."

Ms Twomey said the film would give viewers an idea of what the group was about.

"It's good to be able to record what we're doing and get the message out with the visual side of things," she said.

KNITTING NANNAS PREMIERE

It will be shown in Sydney as part of Flickerfest International Film Festival's documentary section, Greenflicks, on January 19.

The film will screen at the Byron Bay All Shorts Film Festival, at Bangalow's A and I Hall, on January 25.

Tickets available at http://www.bangalow.biz/portfolio/ byron-all-shorts-northern-rivers-short-film-festival.


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