BP oil-spill doc ‘The Big Fix’ gets a local theatrical run

Josh and Rebecca Tickell wear respirators for a ride in the Gulf of Mexico during the filming of 'The Big Fix.'

Josh and Rebecca Tickell wear respirators for a ride in the Gulf of Mexico during the filming of 'The Big Fix.'

Originally published on nola.com

By Mike Scott, The Times-Picayune

Prepare to be ticked off. Fresh off its sold-out North American premiere at last month’s New Orleans Film Festival, the BP oil spill documentary “The Big Fix” gets a full run at the Chalmette Movies starting Friday (Nov. 4), giving non-festival-goers a chance to see what they missed.

To a certain degree, they should know what’s in store: First, because director Josh Tickell is an established and unapologetic advocate of alternative energy, and second, because we’ve already heard much of what he has to say in “The Big Fix.”

To wit: BP ignored safety procedures leading up to last year’s historic Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, we’re told. Further, Tickell says, the oil behemoth essentially was put in charge of cleaning up its own mess.

What’s different here, though, are the personal faces Tickell and his wife and co-director, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, attach to the story — as well as the clear and compelling narrative they build in what ends up being a damning and well-assembled portrait of corporate greed and government corruption.

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THE BIG FIX

3 stars, out of 4

Featuring: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell, Peter Fonda. Directors: Joshua Tickell, Rebecca Harrell Tickell. Rating: Unrated, warrants PG. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes.Where: Chalmette Movies.



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