Upstart payment firm Wirecard wowed the financial industry with its runaway success — until a tenacious team of journalists exposed massive fraud.
Having watched the Wirecard: A Billion Euro Lie Sky documentary earlier this year, I was interested to see how this James Erskine Netflix piece deviated from the original.
I’m pleasantly surprised as it takes an entirely different viewpoint, focusing mostly on the journalists, short sellers and MPs, rather than the former doc covering the whistleblowers and other influential parties.
What ensues is an interesting value-add to the Wirecard story that helps to elevate the already thrilling saga of accounting fraud. The focus on Dan McCrum and team adds flavour to the narrative that was missing in the Billion Euro Lie doc. I do wish the whistleblowers were interviewed at the same extent however – though I imagine this may have been down to pre-existing agreements that would conflict.
Overall, well worth a watch, and I’ll await the third instalment of this documentary battle, coming from Amazon Prime, where they finally get Jan Marsalek to show his face.
Interesting – a bit too full (6/10)
A very interesting documentary. Intense too, and challenging. You really have to concentrate to get everything. A bit too hard to follow sometimes maybe, the documentary sometimes opens pots it never closes, for example the investigation of the BaFin in the FT-Journalists. It is mentioned but no more.
Leaves many questions unanswered. What was the role of the german regulators, why didn’t they see anything and so on. But that is okay because it’s a documentary out of the perspective of the FT-Journalists and these POV is – as I said – very interesting. At this point a special remark on the music which I really loved.
A bit short… (5/10)
If you want to know the reason why people hate short sellers this film will give you a good idea. The cartoon character in his Cannes pile bemoaning what he didn’t make by literally doing nothing is a perfect example. Their’s, and the journalists glee at bringing down a company that employed thousands of people, and hundreds of thousands of investors, is quite hard to stomach. No doubt the company was dodgy to say the least but neither party were working for the good of mankind. The short sellers thinking only of the profit to be made by destroying the business, and the journalists revenge for having the tables turned on them. As a film it’s well made and if you don’t know the story worth the effort, personally I can’t get over the unsurpassed delight at seeing the business fail.