How an Irish border community took on an energy company – and its own government – to force a change in the law on oil and gas…

Activist and filmmaker Johnny Gogan’s Groundswell provides a uniquely personal insight into how Ireland banned the practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and how Northern Ireland still faces the prospect.

Told through the eyes of grassroots activists in County Leitrim and across the border in Fermanagh, and filmed over ten years, Gogan’s camera follows a community who are opposing the work of the company Tamboran Resources as they begin operations on one side of the border before diverting to the other.

Encapsulating the anger and the alarm of the worldwide anti-fracking movement and featuring input from a number of International activists including Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo and author Sandra Steingraber, Groundswell is an inspirational story of the people on the ground who stand up for their community and our environment.

It will be released in the UK via the Modern Films platform and in cinemas.

Released in the UK from Friday 16th April 2021

  • Director: Johnny Gogan
  • Year: 2021
  • Duration: 1hr 30mins
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Production company: Bandit Films

Official website

“Groundswell is a triumphant, transparent and aesthetically magnificent account of the loving relationship between people and their land, and the fight to protect it from the powerful and the greedy.”

Emma Kiely
The Upcoming

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