Magazine article Screen International

Thomas Piketty's 'Capital in the 21st Century' Set for Doc Adaptation

Magazine article Screen International

Thomas Piketty's 'Capital in the 21st Century' Set for Doc Adaptation

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Thomas Piketty's New York Times bestseller Capital In The 21st Century is to be made into a feature documentary as a New Zealand/France co-production with Piketty on board as a consultant.

Justin Pemberton (The Golden Hour) will direct the film with Mathew Metcalfe (The Dead Lands) on board as producer. General Film Corporation will produce.

Upside Distribution handles world sales. Transmission Films will release in Australia/NZ. Production is due to get underway in August of this year.

The film will explore the book's subject of how capitalism affects our world today; the forces that govern everything from house prices in Auckland to economic upheavals on Wall St.

Presented without a narrator, the story will reveal itself through a combination of interviews, visual clips (movies, TV shows, training films, cartoons, pop culture references etc), original footage and the occasional news programme snippet.

Paris School Of Economics professor Piketty told Screen: "I think it can make a beautiful film, because the story I tell in the book is very visual. …

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