The Emperor's New Clothes

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International Premiere

U.K. | 101 MINUTES | English | (No Subtitles) subtitles

THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES

Documentary
Michael Winterbottom, celebrated director of 24 Hour Party People, The Road to Guantanamo, and The Trip, joins forces with actor, comedian, and provocateur Russell Brand for that most unlikely of documentary approaches: an uproarious critique of the world financial crisis. Building on Brand’s emergence as an activist following his 2014 book Revolution, where he railed against “corporate tyranny, ecological irresponsibility, and economic inequality,” The Emperor’s New Clothes pairs archival footage with comedic send-ups conducted in the financial centers of London and New York. Brand spotlights not only how the crisis affected the working class around the world, but also how the uber-wealthy benefited from the downturn. With Winterbottom providing his signature ingenuity and pinpoint directorial control, they generate a riveting, boisterous, and, at times, cathartic riff on the extreme disparities between the haves and have nots in contemporary society.

—Arthur Ryel-Lindsey

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Michael Winterbottom and Michael Winterbottom

Michael Winterbottom’s award-winning work includes 24 Hour Party People, The Trip, and The Magic Lantern, winner of the Best Documentary Prize at the Valladolid Film Festival. His film Jude was selected for Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. Winterbottom was a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford in 2003.
Director
Michael Winterbottom
Screenwriter
Michael Winterbottom
Producer
Melissa Parmenter
Editor
Marc Richardson
Cinematographer
James Clarke
Executive Producer
Nik Linnen, Andrew Eaton
Cast
Russell Brand

CONTACTS

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US Sales Contact
Sonia Droulhiole
Studio Canal
Paris,Phone: +33 1 71 35 35 35
Sonia.DROULHIOLE@studiocanal.com
Print Source
Melissa Parmenter
Revolution Films
London, EC1V0BQ
Phone: +44 207 566 0700
melissa@revolution-films.com