Machines Once Used Now Lie Neglected - An Industrial Parable

‘Machines once used …’ is about the ruins of an old chemical plant in Hartlepool England, where men once mined the sea for magnesium. It’s a contemporary industrial parable that uses the abandoned site of a great industrial enterprise to

explore the human and environmental contradictions at the heart of heavy industry.

Guided by the ex-workers and the illicit video they shot, the film is an archeological probe that makes visible the purpose of the mysterious ruins, and uncovers the ambivalence of the workers. At the heart of the story of this old chemical works is the part it played in the great European war against Hitler.