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GAS MONOPOLY

documetary by
MARTIN LEIDENFROST, RICHARD LADKANI and MARKUS FISCHER
90 minutes, A

We are dependent on gas. Gas heats our homes. Gas powers our heavy industry. In the near future, we won’t have any alternatives to gas. In Europe, the demand for natural gas will increase significantly until 2030 yet and at the same time the domestic production of natural gas will decrease. Who will supply Europe with gas in the future? Whatever we may think of gas as an energy source – we need to know the answer.

GAS MONOPOLY is the first feature-length documentary about gas. Gas is invisible, and so gas has not yet exalted the imagination in the media, cinema and the arts as did oil. Therefore we want to be the first to show the gas business in big, strong and spectacular pictures: unknown landscapes, impressing facilities on- and offshore and key players of the gas business in beautiful and unique rooms.

It is not small entrepreneurs developing natural gas fields, building LNG-terminals and pipelines; in the gas business, everything is counted by billions and decades. The gas business is dominated by a few big players, therefore most of our protagonists belong to a national or international elite. For that reason, we called our documentary GAS MONOPOLY – in German language the term “monopoly” is connected with a board game, which allows children to learn how capitalism works.

As a reporter, the Austrian writer and journalist Martin Leidenfrost leads the journey. He’s one of Austrians most renowned journalists having received numerous awards and having published a number of best selling books. The film will be told through his eyes as he travels to the regions where gas comes from and is being delivered through. But Leidenfrost is also talking to the key decision makers in this multi billion-dollar business.

As new technologies are changing the rules of this geostrategic game, this film is also looking at the future of gas. Such as gas being delivered by ship from Qatar (LNG), as well as new drilling technologies like hydraulic fracking (shale gas), which al­lows gas production in places not known for considerable gas production so far.

There are many exciting stories to tell. In the search for gas, we are focusing on countries where our gas comes from, where it will come from, where it’s being delivered through and where it finally is consumed in large quantities – in the heart of Europe. This film takes us to the shores of the Caspian Sea, to Azerbaijan, Turkey, Qatar, Rus­sia, but also to Brussels as the capital of the European Union, where the key energy decisions for more than 500 Million Europeans are made.

Production has started in January 2011 and we have already been talking to some of the highest ranking figures of the gas business, such as the European Energy Commissioner Oettinger, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, to the energy ministers of Azerbaijan and Turkey and top representatives of the multinational oil & gas companies. The national Azerbaijani company SOCAR welcomed us warmly in Baku, Russian gas giant Gazprom has invited us to visit their headquarter in Moscow as well as their production fields in Siberia.

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CREDITS

Idea by MARKUS FISCHER
Script and Reporting MARTIN LEIDENFROST
Director RICHARD LADKANI
Editoral Work, Research SIMONE BRUNNER
Camera RICHARD LADKANI Bvk
2nd unit Camera BERTRAM HELLERMANN
Andrej Lotarev/Baku
Sound ROLAND WINKLER
Editing OLIVER NEUMANN
Music MARKUS PÖCHINGER
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Camera Assistants INA FISCHER
GERHARD KAISER
MICHAEL ROTTMANN
JAMAL ATAKISHIYEV/Baku
UMUT SERBETCI/Istanbul
SERGEJ SOKOLOW/Moskau
Sounddesign PHILIPP MOSSER
Soundmix MANFRED FOLIE
Assistent Editor JULIA DRACK
BERTRAM HELLERMANN
Graphic/Animation ROBERT LADKANI
Mastering KURT HENNRICH
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Production Manager SANDRA KRAMPELHUBER
Production Accountant PETER DONKE
Production Office KARIN RUDLE
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Production Coordinator KAMALA ISMAYILLI/Baku
MEMET AKSAKAL/ Istanbul
ALEXANDR ROMANENKOW/Moskau
TATJANA SEMINA / Moskau
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ORF
Editorial Department Dokumentary FRANZ GRABNER
Production RINA BOHLAND
ARTE G.E.I.E.
Commissioning Editor CLAUDIA BUCHER
Production HEIKE LETTAU
SOPHIE LUBRANO
Editorial Department Dokumentary ANNIE BATAILLARD
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Producer MARKUS FISCHER
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special thanks to SOCAR-State Oil Company of Azerbaijan,
President Mr. Rovnag Abdullayev
SOCAR Representative Office in Vienna,
Director General Mr. Gulmirza Javadov
Thanks to RAINER HERCHER and MARTIN KREITL
MICHAEL ZEISSE and JIM ELIAS
SEBASTIAN LESKE
EDWARD PARENTE
MICHAEL CARSTENS
ÖZCAN ÖZTÜRK
PEPI HELM
MURAT ERTANIR
JOSH FOX and GASLAND
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A Coproduction by FISCHER FILM & ORF & ARTE G.E.I.E.
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Cofinanced by the EUROPEAN UNION
Supported by FERNSEHFONDS AUSTRIA
and by FERNSEHFILMFÖRDERUNG DES FILMFONDS WIEN

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