THE OIL MACHINE at Cube Microplex


Wednesday, 13 Dec 2023 at 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


Cube Microplex
4 Princess Row Bristol
Bristol BS2 8NQ
United Kingdom
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How can we break our addition to oil? Join us for a screening of the 2022 film The Oil Machine for an inspiring screening and conversation on our energy future. 

The Oil Machine explores our economic, historical and emotional entanglement with fossil fuels by looking at the conflicting imperatives around North Sea oil & gas. This invisible machine at the core of our economy and society now faces an uncertain future as activists and investors demand change. Is this the end of oil?

The film brings together a wide range of voices from oil company executives, economists, young activists, oil workers, pension fund managers, and considers how this machine can be tamed, dismantled or repurposed. (Running time: 82 minutes)

This will be followed by a short panel discussion, hosted by the Stop Rosebank campaign. Rosebank is the North Sea's largest undeveloped oil field, which has been licensed by the UK government to the Norwegian-owned company Equinor, and Ithaca energy. But all is not lost - exploitation of a previous oil field, Cambo, was cancelled following a huge campaign. We stopped Cambo and we can stop Rosebank - come along to our panel after the film to find out how to get involved!

Panellists will be:

  • Elinor Scanlon (chair): a climate justice activist working for the Make Polluters Pay coalition.
  • Prof. Colin Davis: chair in cognitive psychology at the University of Bristol, whose research interests include the psychology of climate change.
  • Robin Boardman: co-founder of Extinction Rebellion and languages student.
  • Richard Baxter: an activist involved with Greenpeace UK, representing Bristol Airport Action Network, a group of volunteers who have come together to challenge the expansion of Bristol Airport.
  • Izzy Russell: the co-chair of Bristol Young Greens, representing the Green Party.

Tickets: £5 (full), £3 (concessions)


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Coming up...

Earth Month

Monday, 01 Apr 2024 at 12:00 AM until Tuesday, 30 Apr 2024

We are delighted to announce that THE OIL MACHINE will be collaborating with Worldwide Climate and Justice Education Week to celebrate Earth Monthand bring the award-winning documentary to you!

This timely film delves into the complex dynamic of North Sea oil & gas and considers how the machine can be tamed, dismantled, or repurposed. Through the voices of different stakeholders, THE OIL MACHINE explores the complexities of transitioning away from oil and gas as a society and considers how quickly we can do it.

Accompanied by discussion guides and educational resources provided by Worldwide Climate and Justice Education Week, THE OIL MACHINE will be available to participants on a pay-what-you-can basis throughout Earth Month. The film can be booked on our Eventive site hereWhen checking out, we'd ask you to use the sliding scale to set the amount payable to an amount you'd usually pay for showing a film in your educational setting. For those who cannot afford to pay more, the film will be offered for a symbolic £10 (that's approximately $12.75 in U.S. dollars).

Book the film now

There are some countries where you need to follow a different model. In the U.S. or Canada you will need to purchase a DVD or screening licence from Bullfrog Films who are offering members of Worldwide Climate and Justice Education Week an exclusive 25% discount for THE OIL MACHINE, along with a variety of other titles. DVDs can be ordered here and community screenings can be booked here (use discount code WWCJ25).

In Australia and New Zealand the film will be available from Madman – contact them here.




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