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You know fracking has made it big when Hollywood makes a film about it. Matt Damon's Promised Land - coming to a cinema near you on 19 April - is exactly what you would expect from America's infallible fount of knowledge: it dramatises the central arguments about fracking and depicts the destruction of a downtrodden rural community where, after the fracking industry came to town, "the land just turned brown and died".

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By Matthew Allan,
15 February 2013

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