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The Oil Machine + Q&A
Institute of Contemporary Arts
An oil rig floats above a rough ocean in bright sunlight.
The Oil Machine, dir. Emma Davie, UK 2022, 82 min., PG

Emma Davie (Becoming Animal, I Am Breathing) explores our dependence on fossil fuels and the perils it presents to our future by considering the black gold on our doorstep – North Sea oil.

Davie describes North Sea oil as ‘the huge elephant in the room’ when it comes to the UK’s aspirations to fight climate change. The Oil Machine uncovers the infrastructure behind it, from offshore rigs and buried pipelines to the London Stock Exchange. As the North Sea industry struggles to cut emissions, oil workers see their livelihoods threatened and investors try to protect their assets – while a generation of climate activists push back against an industry responsible for 60% of global emissions. Bringing together everyone from oil executives to economists, fund managers to youthful activists, Davie’s urgent film asks how we can reduce our reliance on oil – and how quickly we can do it.

The screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with director Emma Davie, hosted by ICA Film Programme Manager Nicolas Raffin.

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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