classified 15


Please note: This was screened in Feb 2020

Michael Winterbottom
Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher, Asa Butterfield, Shirley Henderson
104 mins, 2019, UK
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Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, The Trip) returns with this sharp-tongued satire on corporate greed starring Steve Coogan.

Sir Richard McCreadie (Coogan) is a self-made billionaire whose retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years he has ruled the high streets and the catwalks, but after a damaging public enquiry, his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with an extravagant "Roman Empire"-themed 60th birthday party (complete with fake colloseum, togas, and a real lion) on Mykonos, where Syrian refugees have inconveniently landed on the beach. As a biographer (David Mitchell) covers the preparations, horrendous truths are revealed, and long-standing animosities threaten to derail everything...

A scathingly funny farce, Greed is a biting and brilliant look at the grotesque inequality of wealth in the fashion industry - it will make you think more carefully about the clothes on your back.