A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

Ein böses Erwachen - Der Ölcrash

An unforgettable and shocking wake-up call, "A Crude Awakening" offers the rock-solid argument that the era of cheap oil is in the past. Relentless and clear-eyed, this intensively-researched film drills deep into the uncomfortable realities of a world that is both addicted to fossil fuels and blissfully unaware of the looming "peak oil" crisis. Drawing on an international cast of maverick energy experts and thinkers, directors Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack debunk the conventional wisdom that oil production will continue to climb, and instead stare bleakly at a planet facing economic meltdown and conflict over its most valuable resource. Featuring a haunting score by Phillip Glass and a fascinating array of rare archival footage, the film explores oil's rocky relationship with human progress in locales ranging from ancient Baku, Azerbaijan to dusty oilpatch town McCamey, Texas.

Amidst a dark and disturbing vision of our future, a crude awakening hints at a humbler way of life built around sustainability and alternative energy, providing a visually stunning, boldly prophetic testament which provokes not just thought but action.

"A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash" by Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack hasn’t yet created as big a stir as Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth", but it is far more startling. The consequences of an oil shortage or "Peak Oil" (exceeding the maximum rate of petroleum extraction) within the next few decades will change everything fundamentally. Globalisation, everyday life, climate change, food production – everything will be deeply affected, but little action is being taken and often the matter is not even discussed.

So-called “Peak Oil Theorists” expected the peak to be reached in 2005. Optimists, such as the Swiss Petroleum Association, predict “Peak Oil” to occur between 2020 and 2030.This is a miniscule difference of 20 years for a change of such gigantic proportions in the global energy supply.

Director(s): Raymond McCormack, Basil Gelpke, Reto Caduff
Script: Raymond McCormack, Basil Gelpke
Production: Raymond McCormack, Lava Productions
Music: Philip Glass, Daniel Schnyder
Year: 2006
Duration: 84 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): German, English
Language (subtitles): German, French
Country of origin: Switzerland, Germany
Shooting Locations: United States, Venezuela, Azerbaijan
Screening rights: Frenetic (Switzerland) | Columbus Film (Switzerland) | Mongrel Media ()
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Main topic(s): Energy
Secondary topics: renewables fossil fuel resiliance
Mentions: oil recovery science mining economy energy oil crisis alternative crude 1973
Topic Page(s): Energy

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