Python Star Unveils John Cusack-Starring Financial Crash Documentary

Terry Jones co-directed 'Boom Bust Boom' with his son Bill as well as Ben Timlett

Terry Jones has finished work on the documentary Boom Bust Boom, directed together with his son Bill Jones and Ben Timlett.

A unique, accessible and less dry take on the economics doc, the film looks to explain the concept of financial crashes through the means of live-action, animation, puppetry and song. Among the contributors are John Cusack, journalists Paul Mason and John Cassidy, the Bank of England’s Andy Haldane and Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J Shiller and Paul Krugman.

"I wanted to be a part of this project as soon as I discovered economics students are taught crashes just don’t happen," said Jones, who co-wrote the script with economics professor and entrepreneur Theo Kocken.

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"The people in the street are the ones who directly or indirectly pay for and suffer from financial follies," added Kocken in a statement. "It is crucial the public as a whole understands what went wrong and what they can do to try and stop it happening again. Boom Bust Boom is a film about our inherently unstable economic system and proposes a simple idea - let’s adapt economics to human nature."

Boom Bust Boom, due to hit the festival circuit next year, is the third feature as co-directors and co-producers for Terry Jones’ son Ben Jones and Ben Timlett, who together have formed Bill and Ben Productions. Other credits include 2012 animated comedy A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, based on a memoir by the late Monty Python star, and the upcoming film Absolutely Anything, starring Simon Pegg, the five remaining Pythons and Robin Williams in one of his final roles.

 

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