A look at the growing disparity between different economic classes.

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Russell Brand (made by), Michael Winterbottom (made by)

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Russell Brand ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geraint Anderson Geraint Anderson ... Former Banker Dresdener Kleinwort (archive footage)
Brigitte Bardot ... Self (archive footage)
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Self (archive footage)
Richard Brooks Richard Brooks ... Former HMRC Tax Inspector / Private Eye Jounalist (archive footage)
Warren Buffett ... CEO Berkshire Hathaway (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Former President, USA (archive footage)
David Cameron ... Prime Minister, UK (archive footage)
John Christensen John Christensen ... Economist / Tax Justice Network (archive footage)
Andrew Craig Andrew Craig ... Former Banker UBS (archive footage)
Reece Davis-James Reece Davis-James ... Looter / Former Convict (archive footage)
Bill de Blasio ... Mayor of New York City, USA (archive footage) (as Mayor Bill de Blasio)
David DeGraw David DeGraw ... Occupy Activist (archive footage)
Bob Diamond Bob Diamond ... CEO Barclays Bank (archive footage)
Bernie Ecclestone ... Chief Executive Formule One (archive footage)
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A look at the growing disparity between different economic classes.

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Important Contemporary Social Comment
2 May 2015 | by claptrap-48642See all my reviews

The Pros:

1) This is a very well made documentary in true Brand style - no holds barred presentation of the facts.

2) Winterbottom, Brand and their team should be congratulated for capturing a true reflection of current financial inequality and hardship in Britain (and to some extent, globally).

3) Easy to watch and relate to. Hard not to agree with everything Brand says, with compelling evidence of banking system corruption, government secret deals and corporate tax avoidance.

I particularly enjoyed the scenes with the kids at the school and thought the analogy about sharing toys equally was powerful.

Cons: Other than the obvious points: 1) that many of the figures presented could be argued for accuracy

2) the timing of the release to coincide with a British election is a bit suspicious.

3) very little if not zero critique of any Labour policies, therefore makes it clear where Brand's political party allegiance lies, which is fine, but it appears to be concealed.

4) Whilst the subject matter is painfully true and this film should be seen by everyone - it is very light on any form of prescription or a "what to do next" or "what can you do now". Obviously the team have decided not to take that route - but it seems a missed opportunity if someone sits through 90 minutes, agrees with it and then goes back to watching Eastenders afterwards. Even a "Subscribe to the Trews" link would have been better than nothing... youtube.com/user/russellbrand

Conclusion

Russell, thanks for putting yourself on the line to speak for the gross inequalities that exist in Britain. Regardless of what your motives might be - you are doing a great service to the human race.

This film should be shown free and played on loop in the hope that Occupy or whatever organisation comes next - can be more widely mobilised in order to be successful.


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16 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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The Emperor's New Clothes See more »

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London, England, UK

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