Portfolio - Black Island
In the North Sea today, next to sixty thousand people are living off-shore.
On board the F.G. McClintock rig, eighty men and one woman work around the clock in search of Black Gold.
In such an enclosed space facing the wild sea, little room is left to express your state of mind.
After "North Express" which tells the story of the famous railway link between Paris and Moscow and "Transatlantic, Queen Elizabeth 2",
a portray of the last liner sailing from Europe to America, Rob Rombout's new film, "The black island",
is a new approach of a micro society behind closed doors.
Mick POLLARD, Assistant Crane Operator
"The first day you are back on the rig, it's like you haven't been away. It's the same old story: sleep, eat, work..."
Captain DERRICK, Captain of the Stand-by Vessault
"We are floating around the rig, thirty days on end, for the safety of the crew. Some people say it's boring. I don't think so... it's only boring if you want it to be."
Brian SPENCER, Toolpusher
"The noise is everywhere, you can't get away from it... You are constantly aware that you are two feet away from the work."
Director : Rob Rombout
Script : Rob Rombout, Jean-Philippe Laroche DOP Louis-Philippe Capelle Assistant camera : Jean van Gut
Sound : Philippe Sellier Editing : Adriana Moreira de Oliveira Soundmixing: Jean-François Gosselin Original Music : Jean-Louis Daulne
Executive producer : Jean-Philippe Laroche Line procucer : Olivier Rausin & Serge Kestemont Producer : Nota Bene
Co-producers : WIP,RTBF, W.I.P. Wallonie Image Production - BRTN Dienst Cultuur - Galatée Films - Pandora Productions.
With the support of the Communauté française de Belgique and DOCUMENTARY (Programme MEDIA )
In collaboration with Télévision Suisse Romande
1994-9ième festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, (B).
1995-Flanders International Film Festival, Gand(B).
Festival International du Film de Bruxelles, (B).
Cinéma du Réel, Paris, (F).
Festival du Film Social, Charleroi (B).
Europaïscher Salon Fur Hiebhaber, Tubingen, (D).
Festival International "Flaerty", Russie.
Filmer à tout prix, Bruxelles, (B).
Semana Internationale de Villadolid (SP).