The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes

Comedian Russell Brand and filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (The Trip, 24 Hour Party People) collaborate with this documentary, tackling inequality and the growing gap between the rich and the poor.

"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 centres 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." (Tribeca Film Festival)

2015Rating: M, Offensive language101 minsUSA, UK
Documentary
Director:
Michael Winterbottom ('The Look of Love', 'The Trip', 'The Killer Inside Me', '24 Hour Party People')
Writer:
Michael Winterbottom
Cast:
Russell Brand
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

If you loathe Russell Brand, then it’s hardly rocket science that you should avoid The Emperor’s New Clothes, a doco in the vein of Michael Moore that sees him take on the social inequities of free market capitalism and barely regulated finance. Others may be pleasantly surprised that his polemical tendencies are restrained in a pic that not only outlines the morally bankrupt economic policies of the UK (and lamely parroted in our country), but shows his knack for relating to the man in the street.

3.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Russell Brand’s a man of many parts. Pardon us if we only part-swallow his latest...

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A film which, on more than a few occasions, is surprisingly thought-provoking.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A funny, boisterous attack on the dishonesty and mediocrity of Britain's new plutocrat classes and the politicians who created them...

3.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

The freshest and most urgent documentary yet to challenge the widening chasm between the 1% and the rest of us.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A funnier-than-usual enumeration of the reasons we should eat the rich (or at least tax them like crazy).

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

If you loathe Russell Brand, then it’s hardly rocket science that you should avoid The Emperor’s New Clothes, a doco in the vein of Michael Moore that sees him take on the social inequities of free market capitalism and barely regulated finance. Others may be pleasantly surprised that his polemical tendencies are restrained in a pic that not only outlines the morally bankrupt economic policies of the UK (and lamely parroted in our country), but shows his knack for relating to the man in the street.

3.0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Russell Brand’s a man of many parts. Pardon us if we only part-swallow his latest...

3.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

A film which, on more than a few occasions, is surprisingly thought-provoking.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A funny, boisterous attack on the dishonesty and mediocrity of Britain's new plutocrat classes and the politicians who created them...

3.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

The freshest and most urgent documentary yet to challenge the widening chasm between the 1% and the rest of us.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A funnier-than-usual enumeration of the reasons we should eat the rich (or at least tax them like crazy).