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Pouring Water on Troubled Oil
United Kingdom Premiere

Pouring Water on Troubled Oil

26 minutes
An archive documentary following the poet Dylan Thomas's journey through Iran in 1951 on an assignment to write a film script for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now BP).
Genres: Documentary and Reality, Poetic
Content Warnings: Mild Language, Mild Violence
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In 1951, the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas travelled Iran on an assignment to write a propaganda film for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now BP). Combining colonial archival photographs with Thomas's lyrical account (performed in a powerful voiceover by actor Michael Sheen), this documentary film follows the poet's journey through the country, capturing his haunting vision of oil and modernity, as a political upheaval for oil nationalisation unfolds. His job, Thomas would later remark, was to “pour water on troubled oil”.
Studio: Nariman Massoumi (independent)
Producers: Nariman Massoumi
From: United Kingdom
Produced In: United Kingdom
Directors: Nariman Massoumi
Lead Actors: Michael SheenPayam Hosseinian
Key Crew: Payam HosseinianRaoul BrandLizzie Minnion
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