Tonight: Follow the modern gold rush with The Overnighters
Drawn to a small Midwestern town with the promise easy jobs, hundreds of men are left struggling, homeless and alone.
4 November 2014
When Shale Gas was discovered in Williston, North Dakota a new gold rush began with men coming from across America with the hope of getting a job with one of the many mining companies that sprang up around the town.
The film follows the town’s pastor, Jay Reinke, as he opens his church and his home to many of the new residents who have no home, no money and no job. Described as ‘a cross between Harrison Ford and Ned Flanders from The Simpsons’, Reinke comes up against mounting pressure from his congregation and the town's residents who begin to close ranks against the outsiders.
Described by our film programmer, Chris Harris, as ‘the best documentary you’ll see in cinemas this year’ The Overnighters is the work of just one man who spent months alongside the towns residents as they fought, argued and disagreed about the problem of ‘the overnighters’, the name they gave the men who came in search of a job.
Opening at film festivals around the world, The Overnighters has been widely praised with Peter Bradshaw writing ‘Jesse Moss's tough, absorbing documentary could almost be a modern-day Grapes of Wrath, all about the US oil industry's fracking boom in North Dakota.’ Film4 described the film as ‘A quietly fascinating and frequently touching account of one man's dogged and possibly naive quest to juggle social, professional and familial duties.'
The Overnighters is showing for one night only as part of the Discover Tuesday series on 4 November at 6.30pm. Following the screening, our weekly film club hosted by Ben Howarth will meet in the bar to discuss the movie.
Tickets are available now from the Box Office, online and by phone on 0871 902 5737.