THE BIG SHORT
A Film By Adam Mckay
Out in cinemas across the UK on 22 January
When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short.
Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.
Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.
The Big Short is in UK cinemas on January 22nd 2016
Unbelievable True Stories in Film:
The origins of The Big Short stretch back to the devastating financial crisis of 2007 which triggered the US recession from 2007-2009.
The Big Short tells the unbelievable story of a select few individuals who sought to gain from the crisis by betting against the market.
The Big Short hits UK cinemas on January 22nd and will join a long list of unbelievable true stories in film but will it outmanoeuvre a sinking ship, a heroic rescue mission, or stockbroker rapscallion?
The epic romantic disaster flick that has brought in over $2 billion since its release in 1997 is largely inspired by the true story behind the ill-fated, ‘unsinkable’ Titanic. Hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912 the Titanic sunk in the Atlantic Ocean. Directed by James Cameron Titanic depicts a tragic love story between Rose and Jack, played by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, that carves its own name in the history books.
Saving Private Ryan
Steven Spielberg’s visceral realisation of the Omaha beach landing during D-Day is widely considered one of the greatest opening scenes of all time. Notable for its intense realism the scene is made even more powerful by the performances of Tom Hanks and his squad. The story of Private Ryan is loosely based on the true story of Private Niland, one of four brothers, who was returned home after it was deemed he was the only one left alive. This dramatic portrayal won Spielberg his second Academy Award and Saving Private Ryan picked up another four.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese directs the incredible true story of Jordan Belfort, the ambitious Long Island stockbroker who rose to the top and saw his world come crashing down around him. Based on the memoir of the same name written by Belfort, the film’s subject caused some controversy over the portrayal of Belfort’s decadent lifestyle, but it’s the eccentricity and outlandish black comedy that make this film such an unbelievable true story.
David Fincher directs Jake Gyllenhall as Robert Graysmith, a cartoonist working for the San Francisco Chronicle who throughout the 1960s and 70s opened a private investigation to discover the Zodiac Killer’s real identity. The mysterious letters and ciphers sent by the killer taunted the police for years and the majority remain unsolved to this day, making this one of the most intriguing and mysterious true stories in film.
The Fighter depicts the remarkable true story of Micky Ward, an American welterweight boxer and how he went from a “stepping stone” to becoming welterweight champion. With stunning performances from both Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale (who won Best Supporting Actor at the 83rd Academy Awards for his role), as well as Amy Adams and Melissa Leo (winner of Best Supporting Actress) The Fighter presents a flawless portrait of Micky’s troubled training and eventual redemption.
Catch Me If You Can
Based on the life of Frank Abagnale Jr. (played by Leonard DiCaprio) Steven Spielberg directs this incredible true story of an audacious teenaged con artist. Conning his way into various different jobs Abagnale specialises in check fraud and soon FBI agent Carl Hanratty is on his case. Abagnale went on to become one of the most notorious con artists in American history and for his efforts he was recruited by the FBI, adding an even more unbelievable element to this story that is almost too good to be true.
Spielberg is no rookie when it comes to epics, true stories, or epic true stories for that matter. Saving Private Ryan is evidence of this. But another WW2 historical epic that deserves its place on this list of truly unbelievable stories is Schindler’s List. Depicting the life of Oskar Schindler, a German business owner who saved thousands of Polish Jews during the Holocaust Spielberg delivers a hard-hitting drama that manages a steady emotional tone with historical accuracy.
The Pursuit of Happyness
One of the stand-out performances of Will Smith’s career this unbelievable true story cast Smith as Chris Gardner, a struggling entrepreneur on the verge of homelessness with the added burden of a failing marriage and a five year-old son. Smith raises this heart-warming story of rags to riches high above the doom and gloom of Gardner’s very real situation. Smith’s performance earnt nominations for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.