So, there’s an ongoing debate, or peripheral conversation, about which city is the financial capital of the world: New York City or London. If the use of the word “financial” just now caused you to focus intently on the little hairs sprouting above your knuckles, it’s understandable. That shit is boring. There’s an inherent quality within finance and taxes that has the capacity to bore the bejesus out of most people, and some people within the industry are counting on your disinterest in order to screw you royally, as well as the country you’re living in, and probably cute little kittens too.
One such royal screwing happens to involve tax avoidance, whereby those with the means go to sometimes-elaborate measures in order to avoid paying their taxes in full. Some of this is legal. Some of it isn’t. All of it makes you want to smear caviar in a rich person’s face, no?
Adding some intrigue to what otherwise could be considered a dull topic are Thom Yorke and Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, who recently collaborated on the score to The UK Gold, a documentary about the history of tax avoidance, and which follows an English vicar as he embarks “on an odyssey to understand how London remains the financial capital of the world,” according to director Mark Donne. Given their outspokenness on various political issues, Yorke’s and Naja’s involvement shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. No alarms, either.
The documentary will premiere on June 25 at the Troxy Theatre in London as a part of the East End Film Festival. According to Rolling Stone, a musical performance from a “secret act” is scheduled to immediately follow. Shall we venture a guess?