Global Haywire

Year: 2008
Production Co: Bruce Petty Films
Studio: Film Finance Corporation Australian
Director: Bruce Petty
Writer: Bruce Petty
You might think you've seen everything about the imposition of economic policies on the economically enslaved Third World, but you've never seen it like this.

Australian political cartoonist Bruce Petty's film Global Haywire tells the story in a unique way. Partly it's a collection of talking heads like Noam Chomsky, George Monbiot and Gore Vidal. And it's all interspersed with a metaphor for the development of east, west and the economic gulf between them.

A huge flying ship is taking the world's people to the air. But when the poorer races on the lower levels are repressed and restricted unrest ensues, power shifts and we're left with the story of human economic development as metaphor, given weight by some of the pre-eminent thinkers alive right now.

The animation style is that of a hastily drawn political cartoon itself, and to writer/director Petty, it's a new way to tell a familiar story for a new audience.

For example, Petty depicts the instruments of financial control like the IMF and WTO as brutal, crushing weights pressing down on the people of Asia and the third world. Many people might dismiss it as the ranting of a single devoted leftie, but some smart people are there to back up Petty's thesis.

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