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Escape From Suburbia: The End of the Age of Oil? September 18, 2008

Posted by Andreas in Uncategorized.
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The very first movie While You Were Sleeping, the documentary film screening collective I’m involved in, showed was called The End of Suburbia. Now we’re doing the “sequel”. Please come and join us:

Escape From Suburbia, a sobering new documentary movie about the prospect of a future without cheap oil will be shown at the Labia on Orange cinema in Cape Town on Sunday 28 September at 8:15pm, on Monday 29 September at 6:15pm and on Tuesday 30 September at 8:15pm.

Escape from Suburbia is the follow-up to the immensely influential cult-classic The End of Suburbia, one of the first documentaries to explore the concept of Peak Oil – the point in time when half of the Earth’s oil supplies will have been used up. In Escape From Suburbia director Greg Greene once again takes us “through the looking glass” on a journey of discovery – a sobering yet vital and ultimately positive exploration of what the second half of the Oil Age has in store for us.

Escape From Suburbia outlines the causes and consequences of the coming oil crisis and also offers us some possible solutions. Through personal stories and interviews, the film examines how declining world oil production has already begun to affect our lives. Expert scientific opinion is balanced with “on the street” portraits from an emerging global movement of citizen’s groups who are confronting the challenges of Peak Oil in extraordinary ways.

The clock is ticking. Escape From Suburbia asks the tough questions: Are we approaching Peak Oil now? What are the controversies surrounding our future energy options? Why are a growing number of specialists and citizens sceptical of these options? What are ordinary people doing in their own communities to prepare for Peak Oil? And what will YOU do as oil and food prices skyrocket and the Oil Age draws to a close?

For more information consult the official movie website: www.escapefromsuburbia.com.

The screenings will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion. Tickets are R20 and can be reserved by calling The Labia at 021 424 5927. Reserving tickets is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

This event is presented by The Labia, The Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO) South Africa and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit film collective committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences.


The Labia:

021 424 5927

ASPO – South Africa:



While You Were Sleeping:

Andreas Späth

084 772 1056