Every good movie is a heist movie at heart, whether the heist is committed on or off camera. Steven Soderbergh suspects that is what he likes about film-making: the chance to play the role of a criminal mastermind, assembling a gang of diverse talents for a high-stakes adventure. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes not – it’s all part of the thrill. “The life not lived,” he says with a grin.
Soderbergh has made films about dashing, lawless outsiders: bank-robbing George Clooney in Out of Sight; the rackety brothers in Logan Lucky; the whole star-spangled crew from the Oceans franchise. His latest picture tackles a different breed of crime – one that is industrialised, anonymous and altogether less romantic. Inspired by the 2016 release of the Panama Papers,