MINE-FIELD is the latest Castlemaine Documentary Festival pop up screening showing how a Victorian farming community fought a ruthless mining company - and won.
“Some documentaries deliver a message so crucial, that it becomes tricky to evaluate them dispassionately. ‘MINE-FIELD is one such film. Brimming with facts on just how badly mining regulation is failing Victorian communities, this film delivers on so many levels. At once compassionate, disturbing, instructional and surprisingly optimistic, this documentary will open your eyes to the questionable practices mining companies employ – and the dire consequences.
It is a rare film that can deliver a serious message, inspire hope, and all the while display a clever humour – and MINE-FIELD does all these seamlessly. We feel ourselves being moved by the land itself (Gippsland), its unique ecology and its power to provide us with clean air to breathe and fresh food to eat.
This documentary pointedly leads us back to our reliance on the land, and the responsibility we have to protect it. Don’t miss this film – you will be talking about it for many months to come.”
Sue Ronco, Phd.
The Northern Arts Hotel in Castlemaine, central Victoria (formerly the New Northern) was created as a retreat, a place of warmth and welcome that offers much more than just a room. In August 2020, this beautifully restored establishment was purchased by Maggie Fooke, former owner of the iconic Brooklyn Arts Hotel in Fitzroy. Maggie brings her own quirky style and flair to this grand dame, creating an oasis – one of those places you’ll be glad you found, perfect for those interested in the arts. The Northern Arts Hotel is a place where people come together for shared experiences and stimulating conversations. What was once a country pub is now a beautiful guesthouse featuring nine rooms, the result of a restoration in 2012 by furniture maker, Nicholas Dattner. The Northern Arts Hotel provides an honest, uncomplicated and comfortable stay where guests can kick back and relax – a real home away from home. The property also features the Coolroom – hosted by Frank Veldze, room technician and LOW BAR manager, a place for jazz and other musical performances in a quiet room atmosphere, as well as other salon-style events.