Posted in: Business, Technology
Das Auto: The Germans, Their Cars and Us
A Documentary examining Germany's economic power and the automobile industry at the heart of it. Across the world, the badges of Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes inspire immediate awe. Even in Britain, where memories of Second World War run deep, we can't resist the appeal of a German car. By contrast, our own industry is a shadow of its former self. Historian Dominic Sandbrook asks what it is we got wrong, and what the Germans got so...
Posted in: Business, Society
Secrets of the Superbrands
Alex Riley thinks he's immune to brands. When it comes to fashion, technology and food brands he just goes for the cheapest and what works for him. He's convinced he's not seduced by the advertising, celebrity endorsements and hype which surrounds the big global brands. So how did that pair of Adidas trainers get in his wardrobe? And how did that can of Heinz Baked Beans make it into his shopping trolley? And why does he have a Nokia mobile phone in his pocket rather than any other make? With the help of...
Posted in: Business, Society
Who Gets the Best Jobs?
Britain is a less equal society than at any time since World War One. In Who Gets the Best Jobs, Richard Bilton investigates access to the professions - and finds that the best jobs are being snapped up by an increasingly small gene pool of privileged, well-connected families. Getting a good degree matters more than ever - and those from low income families can no longer easily work their way up from the bottom without the qualifications, contacts and social skills that their more fortunate counterparts make...
Posted in: Business, Economics
Richie Rich gets Richer
As countries like Greece and Spain struggle under huge debts that are impoverishing its people, the elites around the world are getting richer and richer. This documentary looks at the ever widening gap. There are customers that have up to 100 vehicles in their garage, Torsten Muller-Otvos from Rolls Royce tells us. A Rolls Royce is worth about half a million dollars and last year Rolls Royce sold more vehicles than ever before in their 100-year history, but then the luxury industry knows no crisis. Since 2009...
Posted in: Business, Economics
Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America’s richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor,” and created unprecedented inequality in the United States. Nowhere, Gibney asserts, is this more evident than on Park Avenue in New York. 740 Park in Manhattan is currently home to the highest...
Consumed
Consumerism has become the cornerstone of the post-industrial age. Using theories of evolutionary psychology to underpin a bold narrative of our times, this film takes a whirlwind tour through the “weird mental illness of consumerism”, showing how our insatiable appetite has driven us into “the jaws of the beast”. By the age of 20, the average westerner has seen one million commercial messages. With this kind of exposure, it is impossible to live in the modern world without being a product of consumer...
Posted in: Business, Society
The Codes of Gender
The Codes of Gender applies the late sociologist Erving Goffman’s ground-breaking analysis of advertising to the contemporary commercial landscape, showing how one of American popular culture’s most influential forms communicates normative ideas about masculinity and femininity, the relationship between gender and power, and the everyday performance of cultural norms. In striking visual detail, this film explores Goffman’s central claim that gender ideals are the result of ritualized cultural performance,...
Posted in: Business, Economics
The Brussels Business
European Union law (historically called "European Community law") is a body of treaties and legislation, such as Regulations and Directives, which have direct effect or indirect effect on the laws of European Union member states. The three sources of European Union law are primary law, secondary law and supplementary law. The main sources of primary law are the Treaties establishing the European Union. Secondary sources include regulations and directives which are based on the Treaties. The legislature of the...
Posted in: Business, Society
Milking It
Recent years has seen the British dairy industry in trouble, with hundreds of dairy farms going bankrupt every year. Sharcott Pennings farm (a part of Stowell Farm) is a great example of a thriving dairy farm. Proving that when done right, dairy farming can still be a profitable buisness. Directed By: Jack Wakeham Cinematographer: Jack Wakeham Audio Engineers: Lewis Nicholls & Leo Taylor Edited By: Jack...