Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Documentarian Braces for Backlash (Cannes 2011)

8:38 AM PST 05/16/2011 by Scott Roxborough
Cannes Film Festival
"The Big Fix"

"The Big Fix" co-director Josh Tickell tells THR, "We're exposing something that the U.S. media didn't cover... So there is a danger."

CANNES -- The Big Fix, a U.S. documentary which claims to blow the lid off the “massive cover up” surrounding last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill is set to generate a storm of controversy at its world premiere in Cannes Tuesday.

Billed as an Inside Job for the oil industry, the doc, from director Josh and co-director Rebecca Tickell (Fuel), exposes a network of corruption surrounding the spill and its supposed clean up. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Josh Tickell said that litigation could follow the Cannes premiere.

“We are taking on the oil companies, the U.S. government, the military and the banks,” Tickell said. “And we are exposing something that the U.S. media didn’t cover … So there is a danger.”

Tickell is careful not to mention the name British Petroleum but BP looms large over The Big Fix and will likely play a center role in the reaction to the movie here in Cannes and elsewhere.

Rebecca Tickell has herself joined a class action suit against the oil companies involved in the spill after exposure during the shoot left her with an extreme case of photosensitivity. She is now unable to go out in the sun without breaking out in a severe rash.

Controversial docs have a long tradition in Cannes. Inside Job screened here last year and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 won the Palme d’Or in 2004.

To ensure maximum exposure for the film, the Tickells will be joined on the red carpet Tuesday by Peter Fonda, who is an executive producer on the film, singer Jason Mraz, who composed a new song, "Collapsible Plans," for The Big Fix soundtrack, and actress Michelle Rodriguez, who will be a key figure in the film’s promotional campaign. Tim Robbins has also recently joined the film as an executive producer.

UTA is repping The Big Fix in Cannes.

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