A feature-length documentary, Narrated by Sigourney Weaver
The easy oil is gone. Now, the biggest construction project on the planet is transforming a pristine Canadian wilderness, and scientists are debating the fall-out. Welcome to the tar sands.
When the world's biggest energy project emerged in northern Canada’s wilderness, few predicted it would transform the country itself. But sitting on a Saudi-sized ocean of oil, a country known for environmental awareness began to think of itself as a new energy superpower, and its image began to change. The process began years ago, but the world first noticed in Copenhagen, when Canada appeared to sabotage global climate negotiations to protect the growing oil sands. Now, gripped in a Faustian pact with the American energy consumer, Canadians are beginning to count the costs – in reputation, in ecosystems, and possibly even human lives – of “dirty oil”.
Canada 2011, 85 mins. HD, Dir: Niobe Thompson & Tom Radford, Clearwater Documentary Inc.
"Tipping Point: The End of Oil" premiered in Canada on CBC's The Nature of Things in February 2011 as a two-part special, narrated by David Suzuki and entitled "Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands". Reversioned as a feature documentary, narrated by Sigourney Weaver, the film was broadcast on Japan's NHK, Norway's NRK, and Al Jazeera (As "To The Last Drop").
The film was nominated for two Gemini Awards for Best Social/Political Documentary and Best Direction. It won AMPIA Awards for "Best Director" and "Best Writing".
Learn more and buy the DVD at tippingpointdoc.ca