“Monty Python” star Terry Jones, whose credits as a director include “Life of Brian” and “The Holy Grail,” has co-written, co-directed and presents a documentary feature on economics called “Boom Bust Boom,” which includes a contribution from John Cusack.
The film, which covers the history of financial crashes, is co-written by economics professor and entrepreneur Theo Kocken. It is co-directed by Terry Jones’ son Bill Jones and Ben Timlett, who run the pic’s production company Bill and Ben Productions. The film features a combination of live action, animation, puppetry and song. Click here to visit the film’s website.
As well as Cusack, contributors include journalists Paul Mason and John Cassidy, plus leading experts including Andy Haldane, chief economist of the Bank of England, and Nobel Prize winners Daniel Kahneman, Robert J. Shiller and Paul Krugman.
Kocken commented: “The people in the street are the ones who directly or indirectly pay for and suffer from financial follies. 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.”
Jones added: “I wanted to be part of this project as soon as I discovered economics students are taught crashes just don’t happen.”
The film will be launched on the international festival circuit next year. Bill and Ben Productions is in talks with sales agents.
Justin Weyers, creative director at Made Visual Studio, produced and directed the animation in the film, and acted as creative lead for the pic. Puppeteers Jonny and Will helped explain banking procedures with their puppets.
“Boom Bust Boom” is Bill Jones and Timlett’s third feature as co-directors and co-producers. Their other movie credits are “A Liar’s Autobiography,” starring the five remaining members of Monty Python, and “Absolutely Anything,” produced this year, and starring Simon Pegg and the late Robin Williams.
Bill Jones and Timlett received nominations in the direction and production categories of the Prime Time Emmy Awards in 2010 for “Monty Python Almost the Truth.”