Rig 20

United Kingdom, 1952

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Shows the battle which was waged for five weeks against a fire which broke out in an oil well in Persia. The film includes a remarkable shot of an explosion followed by the upward rush of half-a-mile of steel pipe, and the resulting column of inflammable gas which was finally brought under control. Won a first prize at Venice, 1952. Photographed by Martyn Wilson.


production company

British Petroleum

Verity Films






Black and White

ACMI Identifier


Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Film festivals - Italy - Venice - Awards

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion pictures - Awards

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Oil fields

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Disasters

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Fire control

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Oil fields

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Disasters

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Fire control


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Fire control

History → Disasters

History → History

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Fire control

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

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