The film explores our economic, historical and emotional entanglement with oil by looking at the conflicting imperatives around North Sea oil.
This invisible machine at the core of our economy and society is now up for question as activists and investors demand change. Is this the end of oil?
‘Over the next few months, the UK government aims to put out 100 new licenses for oil companies to bid for exploration rights in the North Sea. These companies are likely to be from all over the world.
‘This is at a time when the IPCC Climate Report has signalled ‘Code Red’ for humanity and urged no more drilling for fossil fuels.
‘How does our democracy deal with this largely unknown world of oil at our doorstep at a time when climate change is causing fires, floods and huge devastation to people all over the world?
‘Now more than ever it is vital we understand what is happening in the North Sea. We need to be informed about processes such as the licensing rounds which hitherto have been invisible to most of the public and to understand the link between finance and oil.
‘This film is made to stimulate debate across the country at such a significant time. Screenings and public debates will be hosted by different sectors of the community ranging from MPs to activists, scientists to lawyers, teachers to investment bankers.
Every sector of our country is affected by this and we aim to mobilise a huge public discourse in all areas of society.’
Director, The Oil Machine
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.