‘The Kleptocrats’ Review: Dirs. Sam Hobkinson & Havana Marking (2019) [Sydney]

The Kleptocrats Review: A case of life imitating art and art imitating life in this gripping documentary about Malaysia’s 1Mdb scandal and the Oscar-nominated film at its centre.

If you have watched Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street and/or downloaded music tracks owned by Emi publishing – think Queen, Calvin Harris, Drake just to name a few – you have inadvertently contributed money to the world’s largest white-collar heist ever uncovered. A scam so pervasive that it spans from its origin in the highest echelon of the Malaysian government to international money laundering endeavours on the other side of the world.

The film begins at Red Granite’s Cannes Lions World Wide Event Management launch party in 2011, where celebrities such as Leo DiCaprio and Pharrell Williams watch on as Kanye West and Jamie Fox belt out their hit Gold Digger to an eager crowd. As one reporter states
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