Picturehouse Green Screen presents The Oil Machine

"Do catch this crucial film, The Oil Machine, if you can. What all of us need to know about the dirty politics of North Sea oil, and how to confront them." — George Monbiot

The Picturehouse Team

18 Nov 22

Picturehouse Green Screen proudly presents The Oil Machine plus panel tour (at select cinemas). Some of the UK's leading thinkers, activists and politicians will be attending this national tour.

Nationwide Panel Tour

Join us for a nationwide panel tour to accompany screenings of The Oil Machine.

The below screenings will have focused discussions in our bars/cafes following the screenings and panel events.

Ticketholders who bring their own keep cup to the post-screening discussion will get free tea or filter coffee.

Wed 30 Nov  |  Regal, Henley

The panel will be hosted by Sara Kandiah of Greener Henley with Ed Atkinson: steering committee member of Citizens Climate Lobby UK, Helen Fraser: an independent financial advisor from Orchard House, Patrick Fleming: Chair of Greener Henley and Yelena Kalyuzhnova: Vice Dean (International) Henley Business School.

Wed 7 Dec  |  City Screen, York

We will be joined by members of One Planet York for our panel and other guests TBC.

Thu 8 Dec  |  Liverpool @ Fact

Followed by a discussion with Grahame Buss, former principal scientist for Shell and now an activist, with James Marriott, a key participant and executive producer of THE OIL MACHINE and co-author of Crude Britannia.

Mon 12 Dec  |  Cinema City, Norwich

Screening followed by a discussion hosted by Dilys Goodridge (CinemaCity Green Champion) with guests. Rupert Read (Green Party Member & ER Activist) plus other guests TBC.

Tue 13 Dec  |  Harbour Lights, Southampton

Panel with local action groups.

Wed 14 Dec  |  The Little, Bath

Panel includes:

Live panel event with the UK's leading thinkers, activists and politicians  — Book Now

Tue 22 Nov  |  Hackney

Q&A with James Marriott, a key participant and executive producer of THE OIL MACHINE and co-author of Crude Britannia, in conversation with Rosemary Harris of Platform London.

Mon 28 Nov  |  Arts, Cambridge

Followed by a discussion "Can Cambridge and the University escape from The Oil Machine? And how does a climate crisis put particular stress on health, women and youth?", with:

Tue 29 Nov  |  Pheonix, Oxford

Followed by a discussion hosted by Extinction Rebellion Oxford with:

Sun 4 Dec  |  The Gate, Notting Hill London

Terry Macalister, former Energy Editor of The Guardian and co-Author of Crude Brittania, Laleh Khalili, Professor of International Politics, Queen Mary University of London and Amelia Womack, journalist and former co-deputy leader of the Green Party.

Mon 12 Dec  |  Cameo, Edinburgh Scotland

Followed by a discussion with local campaigners.

Presented by Picturehouse Green Screen.

Picturehouse Green Screen introduces topical screenings with panels, there will also be post-screening discussions (at select screenings) in a relaxed environment. These events will attempt to help embed sustainability into our communities, with the help of our local green groups, businesses and organisations.

What Is The Oil Machine?

The Oil Machine 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 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, and pension fund managers, and 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.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion led by a combination of local action groups and representatives from the film. Participating Picturehouses will also be hosting a post-event informal discussion for an hour in the bar to continue the conversation, make connections and share ideas inspired by the film. 

Watch the trailer