Pouring Waters on Troubled Oil

Pouring Water on Troubled Oil

classified 12A

Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections


Fri 26 July 11:30

Cinema 1, Watershed

Nariman Massoumi
Michael Sheen
26 mins, 2023, UK
Primary language

In 1951, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company set out to produce a publicity film promoting its activities in Iran. They hired Dylan Thomas, a little-known aspect of his life despite the numerous publications about him.

This 26-minute poetic documentary follows Thomas’s journey capturing his encounter with the country and its people as a political upheaval for oil nationalisation unfolds.

Constructed almost entirely from archival photographic images and Thomas’s lyrical reflections (performed in voiceover by Michael Sheen), the film captures the poet’s haunting vision of oil and modernity in 1950s Iran, as a political upheaval for oil nationalisation unfolds.

This screening will be followed by a discussion with Bristol-based film director Nariman Massoumi.

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