An Oscar-winning, era defining documentary. How did the financial crash of 2008 happen? How did a bunch of shifty, deluded spivs manage to take over banks, government and the universities' ideas factories and get everyone to sing from the same hymn sheet - and, one might add, how did we get where we are - Trumped, Brexitised, shambolic, embarrassed, post-truth, post-meaning, post-anything that makes sense or looks likely to work five minutes into any future you can think of? It's like a hangover that never ends from a party you weren't even at!
This film is as gripping as any thriller (and, Ebenezer is pleased to note, remarkably good-humoured considering). Narrated by Matt Damon, it does a terrific job of clarifying a complex, awful story. Aided by some fascinating interviews...
"If you're growing, you're not in recession … right?" The speaker is Hank Paulson, the former US treasury secretary, and, _also_, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs.
In the 1980s, the markets and financial services were deregulated.
The banks ballooned. They offered their traders mind-blowing bonuses to encourage risk-taking chutzpah...
And then everybody else paid for it when it all fell apart. Genius! Come and see how it got done, how we all got done and how we got where we are.
SUNDAY MOVIE : 6th October: Inside Job (2010)
Friday 8 November: Mike Jay– Mescaline, A Global History
Saturday 16th November : Michael Loader – Stories & Music from the Middle East
Friday 22 November: Gavin Pretor-Pinney – A Cloud A Day
SUNDAY 8th December: Christmas Jolly – silent movie with live music accompaniment (like in olden times)