Screened as part of NZIFF 2006

OilCrash 2006

A Crude Awakening

Directed by Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack

In this well-constructed barrage of terrifying information and images, energy experts and oil industry authorities detail just how close we are to imminent global oil collapse.

85 minutes DigiBeta

Directors, Screenplay


Reto Caduff


Frank Messmer
Daniel Pfisterer


Georgia Wyss


Robert Porter
Heinz Kurz


Daniel Schnyder
Philip Glass


SXSW 2006


“That sucking sound you hear is the last significant oil reserves being drawn from the earth. The very oil that makes our bloated, consumptive Western lifestyles possible is directly forcing our economic, industrial and environmental demise. In this well-constructed barrage of terrifying information and images, filmmakers Basil Gelpke, Ray McCormack and Reto Caduff chisel away at our denial of imminent global oil collapse. Energy experts and oil industry authorities… detail just how close to the bottom of the barrel we are. The world’s supply has peaked, and the age of cheap and plentiful oil is over… With equal parts reason and fear, this highly energetic exposé vividly illustrates our fossil fuel addiction and perhaps even more harrowingly, reveals how little we seem to care.” — Myrocia Watamaniuk, Hot Docs 

“A terrific work of investigative journalism-as-film… I sat breathless through the final minutes of the documentary OilCrash, maybe the ultimate feel-bad apocalyptic film ever made.” — Andrew O’Hehir,