‘Dark Waters’ movie screening and panel discussion

Join the ANU Law Reform and Social Justice and ANU Film Group in the movie screening of Dark Waters.

The screening will be followed by an eminent panel of environmental law experts and activists: Dr Jonathan Liljeblad (ANU College of Law Senior Lecturer), Melanie Montalban (ACT Environmental Defenders Office Managing Lawyer) and Annika Reynolds (LRSJ GreenLaw founder).


About the movie:

Ohio-based environmental attorney Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) is used to defending large corporations. So when a West Virginia farmer comes to him claiming that a local chemical plant is somehow behind his herd of nearly 200 cattle dying from a strange disease, he isn’t really interested. After visiting the farm, however, he agrees to take on the case – and, with it, the full corporate and legal might of DuPont, one of the world’s largest chemical firms.

Inspired by the shocking true story of Bilott and his class action suits against DuPont, Dark Waters is as David-and-Goliath-y as they come. Directed by Todd Haynes (Carol, Far From Heaven), the gripping film features a stellar cast including Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman and Victor Garber.

The event is finished.


22 Apr 2021


7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


  • Annika Reynolds
    Annika Reynolds

    Annika Reynolds, is a young leader in the climate justice movement. They are the CEO and Founder of GreenLaw, a law reform and research institute empowering the next generation of lawyers to tackle the climate crisis and a Board Director for Zero Emissions Noosa Inc.
    They are also the youth co-chair of the Environment and Human Rights Sub-committee of Australia Lawyers for Human Rights.

  • Dr Jonathan Liljeblad
    Dr Jonathan Liljeblad

    Jonathan Liljeblad received a PhD and JD from the University of Southern California (USC), an MS from the University of Washington (UW), and a BS from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). His research largely focuses on rule-of-law, with case studies from human rights and environmental issues. His fieldwork is mostly in Myanmar. Generally, his research falls within the fields of international law, rule-of-law, human rights, environmental law, law & development, and law & society. Due to the empirical nature of his research, his work connects academia, government, and civil society; seeks interdisciplinary, transboundary, and cross-cultural collaborations; and endeavors to nurture direct impact upon policy-makers and societal leaders. He was born in Myanmar, but grew up in Sweden and the United States. He received an Endeavour Research Grant (2018) and was a Fulbright Scholar (2014-2015). He currently is working on projects supported by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Danish Institute of Human Rights (DIHR), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

  • Melanie Montalban
    Melanie Montalban

    Melanie joined EDO as the Managing Lawyer of the ACT Practice in January 2021. Prior to this, Melanie worked at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office where she advised Victorian government bodies in relation to administrative law, and in particular on planning and environment law. Melanie has previously worked as a refugee lawyer in Australia and overseas, and has gained broad expertise in administrative, environmental, migration, human rights and international law. Melanie has a particular interest in environmental justice and advocating for the recognition of the human right to a healthy environment.

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