1994, 55 Minutes. Narrated by Jack Thompson.
Billion Dollar Crop exposes the political and industrial manipulations which outlawed one of the world's most versatile crops.
Hemp once provided the paper on which US banknotes were printed and was of such strategic importance that during World War II the US government encouraged farmers to convert to hemp cultivation. Billion Dollar Crop shows how the recently developed, non-drug variety of hemp is being researched and cultivated internationally. The program takes the audience on a world tour from Australia to the UK, the Netherlands, France and the United States, illustrating how hemp is being manufactured as an industrial fibre ranging in its uses from pulp for paper, to building materials for the housing industry.
This documentary reveals the real reasons behind the prohibition of cannabis, the world’s most popular illegal drug and the true history of its cultivation and use over the centuries.
© Documentary Films Pty Ltd. Made with assistance from the Australian Film Finance Corporation, AFTRS, ABC TV, Australian Film Commission and the NSW Film & Television Office. Distributed by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Producer: Barbara A Chobocky
Directors: Barbara A Chobocky, Michael Cordell
Narrator: Jack Thompson
Running Time: 55 Minutes
Classification: PG. Consumer advice: Drug references.
Curriculum Links: Agricultural Science; Sustainable Agriculture; Horticultural Studies; Ecologically Sustainable Initiatives; Building Construction; Textiles and Design.
Featured People: Dr Andrew Katelaris, Dr John McWilliams, Dr John Morgan, Bill Conde