What we're doing wrong
27th January 2011
“We want the audience to understand: we are at the end of the age of oil, and this is what it looks like.”
It is hardly surprising that many films have been made about the Alberta oil sands – the largest industrial project in the world, the area indisputably makes for sublime cinematic material. Already Oscar-nominated Downstream (later expanded into the feature film Dirty Oil), H2Oil, Crude Sacrifice, and Greenpeace’s Petropolis have brought the sands to the screen.
Tonight in Canada the latest will air: Tipping Point, three years in the making and one of the most expansive docs yet, which took its filmmakers to New York, Norway and London in an effort to communicate how vast and far reaching the impacts of the project are – far beyond Alberta’s forests.
“We want the audience to understand: we are at the end of the age of oil,” says director Niobe Thompson, ”and this is what it looks like.”
Tonight at 8pm on CBC Television – and soon worldwide as a feature film.