Reel to Real Cinema: The Oil Machine

We’re kicking off the year with a screening of The Oil Machine, a documentary exploring the impact of oil and the current challenges of curbing oil extraction in the North Sea. The film will be followed by a discussion with speakers to be announced.

The Oil Machine | 2022 | Emma Davie | UK | English | PG

About the Film

Oil has been an invisible machine at the core of our economy and society. It now faces an uncertain future as activists and investors demand change. Is this the end of oil?

By highlighting the complexities of how oil is embedded in our society – from high finance to cheap consumer goods – THE OIL MACHINE brings together a wide range of voices from oil company executives, economists, young activists, workers, scientists, and pension fund managers. It considers how this machine can be tamed, dismantled, or repurposed.

We have five to ten years to control our oil addiction, and yet the licensing of new oil fields continues in direct contradiction with the Paris Climate Agreement. This documentary looks at how the drama of global climate action is playing out in the fight over North Sea oil.

About Reel to Real Cinema

Reel to Real Cinema is a monthly film space in the Stove Cafe, featuring an eclectic mixture of conversational films – from artist made shorts to feature length documentaries, locally made to international cinema. A space for discussion and thought-provoking films, you are welcome to join us after the film for a short discussion about the themes from this month’s selection.

The Stove cafe will be open from 5.30-7pm with a special pre-film dinner option alongside hot drinks and cakes.

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