Shooting on 16mm film, using time lapse and long exposure techniques, the film presents a record of industrial phenomena, – the toxic beauty of the refinery at Grangemouth, huge drilling platforms gliding across the water as they come in for maintenance and repair at Nigg and the last dance of the shipbuilding cranes in Glasgow harbour.
Benedict Drew has created the soundtrack for the film using purely electronic, computer generated sound that works with the threshold between silence and noise as the image works with that between the visible and invisible.
A catalogue of the 6000 miles in which Petrolia appears is available to purchase. For more information, see the 6000 miles page in the Publications section.
You can also download an essay by Will Stone:
- download Will Stone essay on Petrolia (PDF, 60k)
- download Will Stone essay on Petrolia (Word, 28k)
- download Will Stone essay on Petrolia (Text only, 8k)