October 30, 2014
■ Winterbottom’s New Doc at AFM
Short Film News (SFN) - Studio Canal is adding Michael Winterbottom’s economic documentary “The Emperor’s New Clothes” to its lineup ahead of American Film Market (AFM).
The film unites comedian Russell Brand with director Winterbottom in a documentary about the financial crisis from international banking centers in London’s City and New York. It combines documentary style, archive footage and comedy routines to explore how the crisis has affected the working and lower classes while the famed “one percent” has benefited.
Winterbottom enlisted the outspoken Brand, who has repeatedly called for a revolution recently, in the documentary.
Winterbottom and Brand had previously discussed turning Brand’s 2007 memoir Booky Wook into a film, but that project was abandoned. According to Winterbottom, the documentary had just begun shooting in early October.