The Oil Machine + Q&A

Sunday, 17 September, 2023 at 4:00 PM


Montrose Playhouse
The Mall
Montrose DD10 8NN
United Kingdom
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The Oil Machine delves into our complex and deeply entrenched dependency on oil, an industry that not only propels our vehicles but also drives our economy. Emma Davie’s eye-opening documentary examines the historical trajectory of North Sea oil and gas exploration, shedding light on how it became an integral engine of UK economic policy. Through the multifaceted perspectives of oil executives, economists, activists, scientists, and workers, the film dissects the challenge of transitioning from a fossil fuel-driven economy to sustainable investments. As it traces the legacy of oil and its far-reaching implications, The Oil Machine poses pressing questions: How can we reform this machine? Can we persist with oil drilling despite our Net Zero commitments? How can we break free from our oil addiction while ensuring economic stability? This thought-provoking documentary raises these critical questions as we find ourselves on the precipice of a renewable future. (Directed by Emma Davie, UK, 92 min)

The screening will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with Jake Molloy, a key contributor in the film and former Regional Organiser for RMT Workers Union representing offshore energy workers; and Kenny Alexander, a Grangemouth oil worker-turned-activist.

After The Oil Machine, join Montrose's first Climate Café® in the Reel Bar. Grab a drink, and dive deep into discussions on renewable energy transitions, share ideas, and collaborate for a sustainable future.



Emma DavieAbout the filmmaker:

Emma Davie leads the postgraduate Film department at Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in documentary making. Her films, including the award-nominated Becoming Animal (2018) and I am Breathing (2012), have been critically acclaimed and often explore narrative structure, collaboration, and humanity's relationship with nature. She has taught and given lectures at various international events and festivals and fosters innovative approaches to documentary filmmaking.

Jake Molloy

Jake Molloy spent four decades in the oil sector before retiring from his role as RMT Union's regional organiser in Aberdeen representing offshore oil and gas workers. Recognised for championing improved offshore conditions, Jake's insights are instrumental in The Oil Machine. His advocacy extends to ensuring a Just Transition in energy, highlighted by his contribution to the Our Power: Offshore Workers’ Demands for a Just Energy Transition report, published earlier this year by Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Kenny AlexanderKenny Alexander, once deeply entrenched in the petrochemical industry, spent 35 years working in North Sea gas and around Grangemouth's oil and gas complexes. Today, he champions environmental causes. With personal ties to Montrose and offshore training experiences there, he offers a unique perspective on the environmental conversation.

With short film:

Belle River

UK Premiere. As record-high spring floods loom, the residents of Pierre-Part, Louisiana, brace themselves for the potential opening of the spillway floodgates, a measure designed to spare larger cities from uncontrolled flooding. In the face of this uncertainty, faith and resilience become their strongest defences. (Directed by Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau, Yannick Nolin, Canada, 11 min)

In English, French, and Cajun with English subtitles.

Belle River DirectorsAbout the Filmmakers:

Following the making of their short documentaries Laissez les bons temps rouler (2017) and Acadiana (2019), both set in Cajun country, the filmmakers wanted to continue their reflections by concluding their Louisiana trilogy with the final filmic essay, Belle River.

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