premier of film deepwater horizon

26 Sep

london 9.43pm 15.7C dry monday 2016

i entered  a draw for a ticket to the european premier of deepwater horizon, a film starring mark wahlberg, and john malkovich.

i did not know anything about this film but i enter these draws just for fun anyway.

they wrote back saying i was unsuccessful, but i can try again for the  75tickets they are giving out on the day itself. so at around 10.50am i went into the evening standard website, and got a page to save that will allow me to get a pair of tickets between 5.30pm-6pm.

i nearly forgot to go, but managed to get there and got the tickets. i then realised they want smart dress and i was in shorts, so i took the bus back and changed and still got time to get there before they close the doors at 6.45pm. i live that close.

it felt a bit weird passing through the crowd of people lining the red carpet. in side, every seat got a bottle of water and a pack of popcorn. i think there was a reception for those who were lucky enough to get the tickets from the original draw. when they appeared , they got glasses of wine. however, they could not get the best seats as we got them. haha.

anyway i was right glad of the water because i was real thirsty. and we were able to wolf down the popcorn too.

before the film started, mark wahlberg actually made an appearance, together with the director who made a short speech thanking everyone.  so it was quite an occasion. it was too dark to take a picture of them.

the film itself was very loud, and full of explosions from the fire. the fire engulfed the whole rig, and was a straitforward account of what happened, and showed how those who survived conducted themselves and were affected. the film blamed the bp man. at the end it says two of the BP men were found guilty of manslaughter.   the technical reasons for the blow up  were difficult to understand, to me anyway. but in terms of the story it was not very important to understand it. just that it happened. though i should imagine it must be important for the investigation in real life to find out why it happened, so that nothing like it can occur again. 

i have heard of this oil rig accident and the subsequent oil spill that polluted the gulf of mexico in the news. but did not know of the details. this film filled in the details.

 the whole thing was notable for how much it cost  BP to clear up the oil, compensate all those american people and businesses that live around the gulf of mexico who were  affected by the pollution, as well as fines. it  was very high. from the wiki page  BP has paid up to date $54billion. but the company is rich enough to remain solvent to this day. the film will go into general release in europe on 29th sept.

oil rigs accidents are rare. take for eg the north sea, they have been drilling for oil there for ages and no accident has ever occurred. so for this one to appear, on a test rig, too, is shocking for its size and rarity.

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added. 11.34pm friday 30.9.16 i came across this analysis of the deepwater horizon accident. 

The movie presents the discussion over the test results as a showdown between BP’s oleaginous Vidrine, pushing to ignore the bad test, and Transocean’s stalwart Harrell, urging caution. In reality, the confusion over the test results was shared, and the decision to move ahead despite ambiguous data was apparently not unusual. Of course, it’s hard to fault the filmmakers for amping up the venality of the BP execs onscreen. Movies need villains (and BP is hardly in a position to expect sympathetic treatment). But if we come away from the movie believing that disasters such as the Gulf spill are caused primarily by flamboyantly greedy and reckless executives, we are learning the wrong message. The kinds of decisions that lead to disasters are rarely telegraphed by malevolent executives twirling their moustaches. More often, they appear just like any other decision in a busy workday.




4 Responses to “premier of film deepwater horizon”

  1. Carl D'Agostino Monday September 26, 2016 at 11:37 pm #

    Death to all sea oil rigs. There are over 400 in the arc covering Texas to the Florida panhandle on north Gulf or Mexico. BP had its disaster and more on the way as this area is prime hurricane season target.

    • alifesgayventure Monday September 26, 2016 at 11:51 pm #

      i bet after this disaster, they will all think twice about drilling in the gulf. i think money is what they understand and what that cost BP will deter them, even if the loss of lives means nothing to them.

      • Carl D'Agostino Monday September 26, 2016 at 11:54 pm #

        The irony is that we can harness energy from the sea using turbines turned by underwater currents . Pollution free electricity. Oil companies still have not understood the decades old business model suggestion in that they should identify themselves as energy companies, not oil companies.

      • alifesgayventure Monday September 26, 2016 at 11:58 pm #

        i think fracking is a game changer. it may spell the end of drilling for oil.though there is a report that says if electric cars take over from petrol cars, countries may have to build more nuclear stations to provide the increased demand for electricity.

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