Screening: Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood – 1-4pm
Discussion: Oil (Crude & Sacred) lead by Demelza Marlin & Craig Johnson– 4-5pm
There Will Be Blood is an epic fable about modern fossil fuel production. It tells the story Daniel Plainview’s quest to dominate the oil industry in California. Oil is not only a theme of the film, but a force actively shaping both relations between the characters and industrial America. At the centre of this film is a conflict between Plainview, a devout secularist, and Eli, pastor in the Church of the Third Revelation. This conflict gives rise to a set of questions about the sacred and the secular, individualism and community and value and the new oil economy.
We now know that the burning of fossil fuels is central to the environmental crisis and that the remaining reserves of fossil fuels need to stay in the ground in order to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. This free screening and discussion is designed to open a space for reflection and conversation about oil, specifically we want to ask how the film represents the broader historical, ideological and geological forces involved in fossil fuel extraction. The discussion will be lead by Demelza Marlin and Craig Johnson.
This is the first in a series of four “Earlwood Farm Presents…” events exploring different art forms and their capacity to represent environmental issues and mobilise political thought and action.
Dr Demelza Marlin did her PhD in the Sociology of Religion at UNSW. Her thesis was on Max Weber and the spirit of capitalism. She has also written about the sacred, semiotics and belonging. Last year she undertook an experiment on economic value and generosity called The Freestall.
Dr Craig Johnson is a renewable energy engineer, musician and Earlwood farmer.
Please feel free to attend either the screening or the discussion. We recognize many people will have seen this film, so you can just come for the discussion if you like.
This event will be audio recorded.
Image Credit: Oil Scene near La Habra, California, 1920s. Photo Courtesy of Orange County Archives
Earlwood Farm is a place blogged about at www.earlwoodfarm.com