"When Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and AIG collapsed together in a 48 hour period and we were all wondering if next week we'd be able to get money out the bank, it seemed like a pretty important thing to make a movie out of - so I did." Charles Ferguson, Oscar-nominated director speaks to Crane.tv about what propelled him to produce the blockbuster 'Inside Job.'
"In making the movie we tried very, very hard to keep economical and financial jargon to make it as clear and accessible as possible and also to make it as entertaining as possible, whilst still being rigorously accurate." This all clearly helped him in bringing to light the truth behind the 2008 economic crisis. It has been two years since the stock market took a tremendous stumble that resulted in the loss of millions of jobs, homes and trillions of dollars. The aftermath left many people wondering just what the hell had happened. For Ferguson, who has been making films for the last five years, Inside Job "traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia."
Little known is his background in political science and policy analysis, that along with his relationships with many of those individuals that were involved in the financial meltdown, he claims certainly helped him enormously as a filmmaker. It is no surprise then that his first two works have been political documentaries. With an unassuming PhD from MIT, he self-proclaims, "I was a nerd and it helped!" So we asked Ferguson 'what next?' "I love thrillers. I would love to make a cool thriller." Judging by his past credentials we're looking forward to whatever is on his horizons.
Text by Carmen Ho for Crane.tv