Updated: Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 @ 3:52pm

The Black Lion hosts its own Oscars night with a showing of controversial documentary If a Tree Falls

The Black Lion hosts its own Oscars night with a showing of controversial documentary If a Tree Falls

By Stephen Sumner

A Salford pub is hosting its own alternative Oscars event with a showing of a controversial ecoterrorism film tomorrow.

The Black Lion is showing Oscar-nominated documentary If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front at 4pm, to coincide with the awards ceremony in LA.

The film tells the tale of the Earth Liberation Front, a group of ecoterrorists who carried arson attacks on those which it saw to be damaging the environment. Whether it was a timber mill, an SUV dealership or a ski lodge – companies associated with deforestation and global warming were considered real threats, and burnt ruthlessly to the ground.

George W Bush said they were the number one terrorism threat within America.

Yet no person was ever hurt by the attacks.

The story focuses on Daniel McGowan, a radical caught by the FBI who we discover placed under house arrest. We see a no-holds-barred view into his life after his capture – his electronic tag, his ex-girlfriends, his criminal record – in the form of pieced-together archive footage, ELF videotapes and his family’s reactions.

Tickets are £5, or £10 with a Sunday dinner and are available here

See a trailer for the film here.