Articles by Peter Yacono

A serious lover of the documentary form, Peter believes in using his skills to bring the human condition and topical issues to the consciousness of society. Distinctive and thought‐provoking, Peter’s productions are one‐of‐a‐kind, highly balanced and have the ability to both move and educate his audiences. At the forefront of all his productions is the belief of equality and a more sustainable future. He has a keen eye and strong sense for finding hard‐hitting stories and since spending three years in the Latrobe Valley he has broken out with his own feature documentary, “OUR POWER”.

Our Power: The Latrobe Valley, Hazelwood, And Our Energy Future

The Latrobe Valley is home to three brown coal mines and four power stations which have provided Victoria with over 80 per cent of its power, every day, for over 90 years.

The documentary Our Power traces the footsteps of the Latrobe Valley’s history, starting from the coal community’s birth in the 1920s to the establishment of the State Electricity Commission Victoria (SECV), while focussing on the effects of the privatisation in the 1990s, which severely demoralised the community’s pride in electricity production. Since 2014, the Latrobe Valley community has been sparked into action and are taking control of their health, community and future.

Green Agenda spoke with film director Peter Yacono about Our Power, the Hazelwood Mine Fire, and opportunities for a just energy transition for Australia.

Our Power is screening as part of the Transitions Film Festival. The screening is on Saturday the 2nd of March 2019, 2:15pm at Cinema Nova (380 Lygon St, Carlton, Melbourne). Tickets available here.

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