Fresh from its best documentary win at the Oscars, Tipping Point’s next film club night at the Lexi Cinema in London will screen Charles Ferguson’s INSIDE JOB followed by a post-film discussion with John Christensen, Director of the Tax Justice Network.
‘Boasting more villains than a dozen blockbusters, it points an incriminating finger at not only financial services execs who got filthy rich on working people’s pain (and who remain in power) but also government officials and biz-school toppers irrefutably revealed to be in Wall Streeters’ pockets…. The pic’s musical selections…somehow manage to keep one’s toes tapping, even as one’s fist remains firmly clenched.’ Rob Nelson, Variety
‘… Charles Ferguson’s Oscar-winning tank ride through Lower Manhattan that truly promises to light a Molotov in your mind. An intricately detailed, journalistically solid and morally outrageous examination of the 2008 stock market crash and ensuing bailout paid for by the American taxpayer…’ Katherine Monk, The Vancouver Sun
Inside Job traces the connections between government and financial institutions, as well as theoretically independent academics, showing how they combined to trigger excessive profit-taking and endanger the wider economy. A clear exposé of ‘how it happened’, with interviews from those within as well as outside the financial community and comment from leading financial journalists, the director nevertheless struggled to get a single spokesperson for the current administration or for the regulators. “I asked everyone from the president on down and every single one of them said no… American banking is very much in denial,” Ferguson said. And at the Academy Awards, he began his acceptance speech by reminding us that three years after our worst financial meltdown, the subject of his movie, “not a single financial executive has gone to jail.” Let’s take action!’
Read an interview with the director here.
As public anger continues over ongoing banking bonuses being paid out while the rest of us deal with the fall-out, the post-film discussion will explore this idea – if crimes have been committed, then how to see the perpetrators punished. The discussion will also ask what do we do with the knowledge we have acquired post this global crisis to forge new, more socially responsible, transparent and accountable financial models.
Joining for the post film discussion is John Christensen, Director of the Tax Justice Network.
John Christensen is a development economist and former economic adviser to the UK and Jersey governments and has researched tax havens and tax policy for many years. He has also played a leading role in campaigning for tighter regulation and control of tax havens and offshore finance centres. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. The Tax Justice Network is now a worldwide campaign.
Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased through The Lexi Cinema website or by calling the box office on 0871 704 2069 (£1 Booking Fee).
Tickets are free to TPFF regular givers and annual donors of more than £60.
The Lexi Cinema is located at 194 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3JU. It is around 7 minutes walk from Kensal Rise over-ground station and a good bus service runs from central London. The 52 (from Victoria) and the 6 (from Oxford Circus) stop directly outside the cinema. To map your route by public transport click here, and for a streetmap click here.