A Crude Injustice with Director Jane Hammond

Join Director Jane Hammond on the 9th Anniversary of the Montara Oil disaster and learn of this history and its present day consequences. This 30min film will be preceded by 2 shorts, and followed by a Q&A with Jane.

On August 21, 2009 a blowout in the Montara oilfield, off the West Australian coast, caused millions of litres of crude oil to spew into the Timor Sea. The oil continued to pour into the ocean for more than 70 days creating a massive slick that covered an estimated 90,000 square kilometres.

Across the sea in West Timor unaware of the unfolding disaster seaweed farmers started to notice strange changes in their crops. Within a few weeks their seaweed industry had been destroyed and their fish stocks had crashed. But the polluting company, PTTEP AA, denied any responsibility for the impacts of the spill on the people of West Timor and claimed the oil had never made landfall.

Eight years on the people of West Timor are still waiting for justice. This is their story.

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“All in all, ‘A Crude Injustice’ delivers exactly what its title promises: it chronicles the struggle of a handful of people to be noticed and to be properly compensated for the great deal of irreversible damage that was done to them. The fact that the film’s producers try to shed light on this little-known case is an admirable endeavour in itself, and is properly transposed in the shape of a short documentary.”

The Monthly Film Review

“Journalist Jane Hammond has been following the story since the blowout in 2009. For the past four years, she’s been working on a documentary film that tells the story of the Indonesian fisherman and seaweed farmers in West Timor, who say they’re still suffering devastating after effects of the spill.”

ABC Radio National

Show Time(s)

Add to Calendar 7:30pm,
Tuesday 21 August
Deckchair Cinema

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Jane Hammond



Running Time

60 minutes


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