From the poster of The Panama Papers

Fraud Film Festival’s 2019 line-up includes Panama Papers doco & other NZ premieres

The NZ International Fraud Film Festival returns to Auckland November 13 and 14 at ASB Waterfront Theatre. Now in its third year, the 2019 line-up presents films that explore the themes of scams, corruption, tax evasion, and art forgery.

Among the films celebrating their New Zealand premieres at the festival is The Kleptocrats, a documentary on Malaysia’s $4.5 billion 1MDB corruption case.

Also premiering is The Panama Papers, directed by Alex Winter (perhaps best known for his lead role in the Bill and Ted movies). Winter’s documentary delves into the global dirty money scandal that wound up on New Zealand’s doorstep.

Other films playing in New Zealand for the first time are Inside Lehman Brothers, a scathing indictment of corporate culture and There Are No Fakes, a documentary that exposes an art forgery ring counterfeiting indigenous art for big bucks.

Each film will be followed by panels with industry experts and business journalists discussing the issues raised, and the implications for New Zealanders.

There Are No Fakes

The Festival’s first day, Wednesday November 13th, comprises a day-long schedule of documentaries and discussion panels, with a professional focus and ticketed as a day-long event (including refreshments). The second day of the Festival is open on a per-film, individually ticketed basis.

In a special free-to-attend morning session (10:00am Thursday 14 November), investigative reporters Garth Bray and Gill Higgins from Fair Go provide an insight into their work helping Kiwis in the fight against scammers. Watch some of their best stories exposing online scams, deceptive practices and catching the bad guys, and then hear more from the reporters themselves about the scammers, victims, and their work on NZ’s most popular consumer affairs show (airing Mondays, 7.30pm on TVNZ1).

This session will include a series of video interviews, produced by the Festival, with Kiwis who have been the victims of scams. They will be followed by a panel discussion and information on how people can identify and protect themselves from fraudsters. To attend this free session, click here to RSVP by email and confirm your seats.

To view the programme and buy tickets, visit