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DOCO . . . A Crude Awakening (2006, 84 Min, 7.8 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 22 February 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

A Crude Awakening tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled. The idea that the world’s oil supplies have peaked, or will soon, is gaining mainstream currency.

Robert B. Semple, Jr., associate editor of the New York Times editorial board, writes in the paper’s March 1, 2006, online edition: “The Age of Oil — 100-plus years of astonishing economic growth made possible by cheap, abundant oil — could be ending without our really being aware of it. Oil is a finite commodity. At some point even the vast reservoirs of Saudi Arabia will run dry. But before that happens there will come a day when oil production ‘peaks,’ when demand overtakes supply (and never looks back), resulting in large and possibly catastrophic price increases that could make today’s $60-a-barrel oil look like chump change. Unless, of course, we begin to develop substitutes for oil. Or begin to live more abstemiously. Or both.

The concept of peak oil has not been widely written about. But people are talking about it now. It deserves a careful look — largely because it is almost certainly correct.” Semple concludes: “These are not doomsday scenarios from conspiracy theorists, but hard scientific facts backed by serious research.” You needn’t be a conspiracy theorist to see a connection between America’s current obsessions with the Middle East and national security, and the world’s looming oil crisis. The frenzied search for alternative sources of energy now being pursued by the largest multinational energy corporations makes it clear they also believe a crisis is fast approaching. Each day’s headlines, whether the subject is Iraq or South America, sheds new light on the issue.

TRAILER . . . . . . . . youtube.com/watch?v=3dZn2kYOlOQ

IMDb . . . . . . . . . . . imdb.com/title/tt0776794/?ref_=nv_sr_1

TOMATOES . . . . . rottentomatoes.com/m/a_crude_awakening_the_oil_crash?

WIKIPEDIA . . . . . . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Crude_Awakening:_The_Oil_Crash

SHORT REVIEWS . . bbc.co.uk/films/a_crude_awakening_the_oil_crash

LONG REVIEW . . resilience.org/stories/review-ia-crude-awakening-oil-crash

SOURCE . . . . . . . youtube.com/watch?v=odCZpBPfFQk

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DOCO . . . Catherine the Great (2005, 120 Min)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 15 February 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

This two-hour biography of the Russian empress (1729-96) is historically accurate, rich and frequently perverse. It’s hard to resist a documentary in which an historian describes Catherine’s predecessor, the Empress Elizabeth, as “beautiful, Amazonian—a genuine nymphomaniac,” then adds that she also possessed the largest dress collection in Europe and once ordered a woman’s tongue ripped out. Catherine ruled with a spirit of more enlightened principle, consulting French philosophers like Denis Diderot, but she didn’t mind acquiescing to the murder of her husband, royal twit Peter III, to get the throne. Then again, she once found him carrying out a military-style hanging of a rat. History does not grant the man many pity points.

Between interviews with experts on the period, Emily Bruni plays Catherine with unaffected directness, reciting from the empress’s letters and memoirs. Her writings have an elegant precision at odds with the decadent mess of the Russian court.

TRAILER . . . . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDznkGf6ZzE

IMDb . . . . . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0488986/?ref_=nv_sr_6

TOMATOES . . . . . https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/catherine_the_great_2005

BOOK REVIEW . . https://www.telegraph.co.uk/Catherine-the-Great.html

SOURCE . . . . . . . DVD from City of Melbourne Library

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DOCO . . . Pale Blue Dot: Humility (2018, 50 Min, 8.5 TDF)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 8 February 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

On Valentine’s Day in 1990, a photograph inspired a different sort of poetry.

It was on that day that the Voyager 1 space probe — having finished its tour of the planets in the outer solar system — turned its cameras back toward the Earth and captured the picture that scientist and TV host Carl Sagan dubbed the Pale Blue Dot: our planet seen as less than a pixel, caught in a beam of light reflected off the camera’s optics.

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us,” Sagan wrote in his 1994 book of the same title. “On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.”

Read the full article HERE.

Various ideas from the book “Pale Blue Dot” have been made into documentaries. Carl Sagan, who died in 1996, narrates this documentary. It is a truly inspiring film.

SPEECH. . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWPFmdAWRZ0

TRAILER . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bLliItnVBg

TOPFILMS. . . . https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/pale-blue-dot-humility/

WIKIPEDIA  . . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot

SOURCE . . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELnXGG1JLXc

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DOCO . . . The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire (2017, 80 Min, 8.3 IMDb)
TIME . . . . 1.30 pm Friday 1 February 2019

VENUE . . Room 3 – Mary Kehoe Centre

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire, is a documentary film that shows how Britain transformed from a colonial power into a global financial power. At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it behind obscure financial structures in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth may be hidden in British offshore jurisdictions and Britain and its offshore jurisdictions are the largest global players in the world of international finance. How did this come about, and what impact does it have on the world today? This is what the Spider’s Web sets out to investigate.

With contributions from leading experts, academics, former insiders and campaigners for social justice, the use of stylized b-roll and archive footage, the Spider’s Web reveals how in the world of international finance, corruption and secrecy have prevailed over regulation and transparency, and the UK is right at the heart of this.

TRAILER . . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uM2cdhfAGA

REVIEW . . . . https://www.moderntimes.review/britains-hidden-empire/

IMDb . . . . . . . https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6483026/

WIKIPEDIA . . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spider’s_Web

SOURCE . . . . https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/spider-web-britain-second-empire/

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