Friday, 15 July 2011

Freakonomics: The Movie

Freakonomics: The Movie
Freakonomics: The Movie
As part of the 2011 Melbourne Writers Festival, from 25 to 30 August the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) presents the First Look season of Freakonomics: The Movie (2010), a documentary collaboration between six filmmakers that proves truth is often stranger than fiction.


A film that asks the question, "What if this thing that everybody thinks is so, really isn't so?" Freakonomics: The Movie offers a fascinating insight into human behaviour through case studies that investigate cause and effect and challenge conventional wisdom. 

Based on the world-wide best-selling book Freakonomics (2004), by journalist Stephen Dubner and economist Steven Levitt, the film tackles a range of intriguing subject matter from the crime rate in America to cheating sumo wrestlers, to names for babies and student grades. 

Directed by America's leading documentarians Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold), Academy Award Winner Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room; Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place; Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer), Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp), Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), Seth Gordon (The King of Kong) and Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), the film consists of four shorts and connecting interviews with Dubner and Levitt that demonstrate a diverse approach to film-making.

ACMI Film Programmer Kristy Matheson says, "This film proves that it isn't just novels that get turned into great films. The concept behind the original book is seriously fascinating and to see it brought to the screen by some of America's leading documentary talents will be enticing for literary and film fans alike".

Praise for Freakonomics: The Movie:

"Seldom do documentaries set out in honest pursuit of hidden truths, but Freakonomics, a film based on the delightful best seller, is an invigorating and surprising journey."- New York Post

".a revelatory trip into complex, innovative ideas and altered perspectives on how people think. There's little in Freakonomics that isn't provocative, compelling or slightly perverse." - Variety

"Like the 2005 bestseller that inspired it, the movie version of Freakonomics is fleet and accessible" - The Onion

"At the centre of 'Freakonomics'  is the quietly exciting notion that numbers can be used to both mask the truth and reveal it, depending on the character of who's holding the calculator." - Chicago Tribune

As part of the 2011 Melbourne Writers Festival, the First Look season of Freakonomics: The Movie screens at ACMI in Melbourne from Thursday 25 until Tuesday 30 August, 2011. For program information and session times visit The full program for the 2011 Melbourne Writers Festival will be available on Friday 29 July.

Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady, Alex Gibney, Seth Gordon, Eugene Jarecki and Morgan Spurlock, 93 mins, USA, 2010, Digital Betacam. Source: Madman Entertainment. Courtesy: Madman Entertainment, unclassified 15+

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