• Sep 15, 2012

"The UK's fuel supply has run out and the country is coming apart at the seams... Jared must escape London to reach his wife and child. He siphons the petrol from his own car to prevent it from being stolen, but just as he is getting ready to leave, there is a knock at the door... It's an old friend of Jared's: a volatile character named Sy... and Sy needs a ride..."

So says the trailer for the film "Fumes," which appears to be a tense, short thriller that's yet to be made and is looking for backers. It's set in near-future London, where an oil crisis has caused the country's petrol supply to run out. The story was Inspired by two crises: a UK petrol shortage in 2009 when pumps were running dry, and the fiery London riots of August 2011 following protests over the shooting death by police of a local man, Mark Duggan.

The film will be asking serious questions about society, sustainability, and reliance on fossil fuel. Writer-director-producer Tom Werber, best known for his animated short, "Losers: Flush," is campaigning for financial support and working with up-and-coming young actor Aaron Taylor, known for his role in the film "Some Dogs Bite," who will play troubling friend Sy.

The next hurdle is money. The "Fumes" team is working on raising £12,600 ($20,000) through crowd funding site Indigogo. The project has a deadline of mid-October to raise the funds, and so far the numbers have been small. The funding categories pay tribute the movie's theme, such as $5,000 for "The Oil Field," which means you get to be an executive producer in the credits or just $50 for "The Full Tank," where you get your own special DVD copy of the film and a thank you in the film credits. As of press time, $1,050 of the $20,000 had been claimed.

"We have assembled a fantastically talented team behind this film. This is a low-budget production, and all of the money we are asking for will go towards equipment, locations and travel costs." said producer Stephen Smith.

Once it's shot and edited, "Fumes" the plan is to enter the film in major short film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Sundance, and Toronto. Werber – a director of film, music videos, commercials and animation – has experience showing his work at award festivals and exhibitions, including the Louvre Gallery in Paris, and Encounters festival, BUG and Big Screens in the UK.


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      Michael Walsh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Any zombies in it?
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmmm.. just a rip-off of No Blade of Grass (1970) Directed by Cornel Wilde. Starring Nigel Davenport, Jean Wallace. Apocalyptic movies always attract those who are excited by the idea of dramatically simplistic solutions to complex issues.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Next story on ABG - a movie has an electrical outlet in a scene, 45 minutes in. Featured as 'pro-EV...'
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        We will all be cycling again soon, EV cars will still remain to expensive for the Average Joe masses only the well heeled will be able to afford to buy them new, maybe a Hertz or Avis second hand fleet dumped GM or Ford EV but there will only be small amount supply compared todays gasoline/diesel cheap ex fleet dumped second hand car buy for the masses, things will return to how it was like in the 60's in the UK when 20,000 use to cycle into the local Vickers Armstrong factory. Chinese with all the rare earth materials will become the new Saudi Arabia, with all the US debt on their books will start using it to buy up US/European companies. http://scotterb.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's been a while that we didn't get a film as fun as madmax, im hoping this film will be as good. I like the picture of an empty gasoline tank, it's always a renewable adventure to get brand new fresh of the box fuel. With fuel i've been in hawaii, nova-scotia, ontario, los-angeles, paris, london, ontario, quebec, florida, new-york and many other places.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like a really crappy version of mad max. If i were making a movie like this, i'd depict people tending reclaiming urban spaces for farms/homesteads, riding bicycles, and not going to war for oil because there is none to fight over anyway. Oh, and lots of solar panels. Ooooh, that'd be a nightmare for a lot of Americans :)
        floorman56
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        i'd depict people tending reclaiming urban spaces for farms/homesteads Really? There are 8,174,100 in London alone how much land is needed to feed that many? Who is going to " Give up" that land ? and how do you make a solar panel with out some kind of Industrial base to support it? Ooooh, that'd be a nightmare for a lot of Americans The real nightmare starts when the Americans park there combines
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @floorman56
          Yes, because agriculture has not advanced in decades.. ;) Look up aquaponics and hydroponics. You'd be amazed at how much can be produced with a small amount of water, small amount of land, and maybe a little more electricity. No oil needed and less labor needed.. quite amazing
          floorman56
          • 2 Years Ago
          @floorman56
          Look up hydroponics How you going grow all them PCB pipes and plastic buckets? also To produce the mineral wool and the fertilizers that are needed to use this method, a large amount of ENERGY is required See that word? ...Energy?
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I don't know why Helicopter Ben Bernanke does not do a QE4 and print enough phoney money for every US taxpayer to buy a Government Motors Chevy Volt, rather than give it all to bankers to fritter away in some off shore bank account & dodgy investment bank casinos. Just imagine it US army, GE workers even the Pentagon workers driving into work in a Chevy Volt all for free. Money really does grow on trees today for free without it ever having to be earned, US debt clocks only now approaching $16 trillions - OOooops sorry just gone past $16 trillions it's only a number? Had a post oil apocalyptic nightmare once, must have had a bit to much cheese before l went off to bed, l was in Florida when oil had run out, the only means of getting around was on big dipper rides from town to town that were inhabited with giant mouses, then like the Wizard of Oz you wake up and you think thank God it was not true. Once oil runs out folk will be forced to live closer to work like they did before, and like you say the iron horse will become the No1 choice. Don't think they will end power crazed idiots starting, leading folk into wars a nice vision though. Americans will be all right they employ a few million Mexicans peddlers on a tandems.
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        I tried watching Mad Max last year for the first time. Maybe it gets better, but I couldn't make it past the beginning. And this would be 100% better than the stupid zombie movies. Yes, we do need a movie to show people how you can transition to a post-oil world and live great lives with very few differences. I'm doing all the things you mention too ;)
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          Yeah, i watched mad max a few years ago and found it kinda boring. It needs an update ;) Ryan, there is a cool series on Youtube called 'peak moment' that highlights various ways of how we could survive in a post-oil world. It is put together by some techno-hippies in Northern California. We've forgotten that we can survive without oil. It's kinda hilarious.
      Letstakeawalk
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll wait for it on MST3K.
      Electron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Clearly the consequences of oil addiction are so far reaching that its the stuff of all sorts of cyberpunk movie scenarios. How is this for an exciting scenario: scene one: bearded dude in an old van drives into Manhattan. Guy yells "Allah akbar" pushes button, mushroom shaped cloud flattens Manhattan. Of course the image of New York destroyed is a pop culture stereotype at this point but it should still make the audience curious: how is this possible? Movie could go on to explain how massive amounts of petrodollars flowed into the hands of a bizarre apocalyptic regime that used it and their strong position as oil pimp and the diplomatic back up of America's main rivals Russia and China to get away with developing nuclear weapons while the intended target watched on in horror unable to stop it because its oil addiction set in motion a series of failed policies that at the end brought it in a catch 22 position in which stopping it no longer seemed a real option. Crazy, far fetched and unrealistic scenario? Hopefully, but a bit of shock therapy might help the comatose Fox News crowd realize that their oil habit could have very real consequences. Anyway, the single guy driving a van scenario seems a lot less far fetched than a large number of guys preparing and successfully executing an intricate scheme of taking flying lessons, hijacking multiple planes, slamming them in multiple high rises and government buildings without anybody finding about their intentions and stopping them. There was a time that I would have changed channels watching a movie like that as crazy and too far fetched.
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Electron
        Folk will adapt, gotta say l won't become a cyberpunk mullet mohican never got into that 80's American look, or thought a Mmm a Aussie driving in a gas guzzling Ford Falcon with no oil around as much of a true story, if l am still alive l will have downsized to cheaper rural area living the good life with a place with a bit more land, a bit more self sufficient to grow my own food, and hopefully close to a nice quiet English pub maybe hopefully driving a Via Motors 100 MPG/40 miles on electric Silverdo light duty pick-up truck, and into cycling a lot more. Food price inflation will be the biggest problem in the future with E15 stealing bumping up the prices.
          Electron
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rick
          I don't think the picture of a peaceful post disaster rural life really fits my movie scenario. I'm thinking more along lines of the already tenuous economy collapsing completely, ubiquitous violence erupting and the government trying to reverse anarchy by using police state tactics. In fact it already established the legal framework for that in the patriot act. It's almost as if I'm not the only one who though of this sort scenarios.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Film probably based on peak oil big dipper ride graphs like this one below that has a timeline of events that will take place as the China & India tuck in what use to be mainly the western worlds supply. MMmm sounds like it could be based on this story and graph timeline of events that will happen in the future, big dipper peak ride down, US economy tanks & Babyboomers get to burn the last drop of oil. http://scotterb.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/
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