Dunoon Burgh Hall

Bank Job

Bank Job Film Image

Event information

Date: Wed, 27 March 2024

Time: Doors open 5.00pm, screening starts 5.30pm

Cost: Free, but donations welcomed.

Type: Film

“Bank Job,” a film by artists Dan Edelstyne and Hillary Powell, is a dramatized documentary presented as a true crime story that unveils the manipulation within the loan and credit trade.

Focused on bad debt, the film creatively addresses how this system traps individuals in a cycle of lifelong debt. Through collaborative action, the artists take on a disused bank office in London, printing and coining their own money which is sold as art pieces. With the profit made they then strategically buy back bad debt owed by vulnerable people in the communities worth £2.2 million pounds at the price of £52000 The film humorously exposes the absurdities of the personal debt trading system while contributing to release people from debt most of them never otherwise would have become free of.

The screening of this film serves as a continuation of the conversations initiated during our recent exhibition “The Bread Boy of Herculaneum”. The majority of the group who took part in these conversations expressed real concerns of a feeling of powerlessness to the exhibitors. Key factors contributing to this feeling included economic challenges, poverty, employment issues and the often sluggish nature of democratic processes.