The Oil Machine online events

THE OIL MACHINE - film + panel: 'What Norway and the UK can learn from each other'

Expired October 30, 2023 8:30 PM
Already unlocked? for access
Protected ContentThis content can only be viewed in authorized regions: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Norway.

With an introduction to the film featuring its director Emma Davie.

After the online screening join us for a live panel discussion to explore similarities and differences in the UK’s and Norway’s approach to oil and gas, and focus on what’s needed for a just transition in Norway. With:

Jake Molloy - Just Transition Team (RMT Union, Aberdeen)

Camilla Houeland - Researcher (The Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research)

Asle Reime - National Secretary - International (Industri Energi)

Elise Tunstrom - Chief of Staff (Manifest Tankesmie)

Gabrielle Jeliazkov - Co-Author of the 'Our Power' report

This online event will mark the launch of a series of in-person screenings and discussions across Norway in November in collaboration with Broen til framtiden (“Bridge to the future”).

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.

Oil companies are convinced that they can continue to keep drilling while keeping to Net Zero ambitions through adopting new technologies, such as carbon capture. But climate scientists are deeply sceptical of the Net Zero concept and the time it would take for these technologies to be effective.

The film reveals the hidden infrastructure of oil from the offshore rigs and the buried pipelines to its flow through the stock markets of London. As the North Sea industry struggles to meet the need to cut carbon emissions, oil workers see their livelihoods under threat, and investors seek to protect their assets. Meanwhile a younger generation of climate activists are catalysed by the signs of impending chaos, and the very real threat of global sea level rises. THE OIL MACHINE explores the complexities of transitioning away from oil and gas as a society and considers how quickly we can do it.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    82 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Premiere
    Sheffield DocFest 2022
  • Rating
  • Social Media
  • Director
    Emma Davie
  • Producer
    Sonja Henrici
  • Cinematographer
    Julian Schwanitz
  • Editor
    Martin Kayser Landwehr
  • Music
    Alexandra Hamilton-Ayres