Docpoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival


Bank Job

Artist/filmmaker partnership Daniel Edelstyn and Hilary Powell confront a monetary system based on debt and perpetuated inequality with their trademark blend of mischief, activism and awareness-raising antics. Bank Job documents an art project based out of an empty bank on a Walthamstow, North London high street which sold screen-printed bank notes to raise funds. The cash was then used to support local charities and buy £1 million worth of debts in order to write them off. The film’s amiably shambolic approach belies an astute and pointed message about the role and impact of debt in our economy. — There’s a real warmth in the scenes which show an eclectic group of volunteers pulling together to make fake money — the Queen’s head is replaced by those of local heroes, including a headmistress of a primary school, a food bank organiser and youth group workers. — [A] combination of unassuming humour, inherent decency and the fact that the filmmakers actually managed to pull off something genuinely worthwhile goes a long way towards smoothing Bank Job’s rougher edges.

Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

[H]ere’s a likable documentary with a big heart and some punch-the-air moments from husband and wife team Hilary Powell and Daniel Edelstyn. The film is — a kind of art-installation-meets-community-activism project. — Sweetly, the pair have kept in their bickering, and financial experts chip in to explain the rise of toxic debt culture.

Cath Clarke, The Guardian

Language: English
Subtitles: no subtitles
Length: 87 min
Age Limit: S
Year: 2021
Production Country: United Kingdom

Director: Daniel Edelstyn, Hilary Powell
Producer: Daniel Edelstyn, Hilary Powell, Christopher Hird
Production Company: Optimist Creations
Editing: Alice Powell
Cinematographer: Linden Nieto, Christophe Tweedie, Clément Ducruet, Tom Maine
Music: Jessica Braun, Daniel Edelstyn, Nick Graham Smith
Sound Design: Rob Walker