Two activist documentary filmmakers set out to show that our current system of finance and banking is broken, but there is an alternative.
For filmmaking team Dan Edelstyn and Hilary Powell, the 2008 economic crisis was the moment that the world should have woken up to the corrupt nature of the banking system. But things pretty much returned to normal, while the disparity between the wealthiest one percent and the rest of the world only grew. So, they decided not only to create a film that explored the dark side of debt and the crippling effects of credit dependency – according to them, the majority of us live in a ‘creditocracy’ – whilst also setting up their own bank and even creating currency featuring the faces of heroes who help in their local Walthamstow community. The result is a funny yet searching film that questions a universal financial structure that plays out more like a casino, where the house always wins.