The Divide documentary at UK cinemas from today

Poster for The Divide documentary

The Divide documentary reveals social tensions caused by low pay in the UK and US  

Social inequality comes under the spotlight in The Divide, a powerful documentary coming to UK cinemas from today (22 April).

The film tells the stories of seven individuals in the UK and US – where, according to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, 0.1 per cent of America’s wealthiest own almost as much as the bottom 90 per cent – striving for a better life. The seven individuals are taken from all social strata, including an alcoholic poet in Glasgow, a carer in Newcastle, a KFC worker in Virginia and a Wall Street psychologist.

These candid interviews are interspersed with news footage from 1979 to the present, exploring how the deregulation during the Thatcher/Reagan era in the 1980s may have precipitated the global inequality detailed in the film.

The documentary by British filmmaker Katharine Round is based on The Spirit Level, a 2009 best-selling book on global inequality, written by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband recently offered his support to the documentary.

The Divide documentary is on at selected cinemas from 22 April and released nationwide on 31 May.


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Nick Scott

Nick Scott

A former editor-in-chief of The Rake and deputy editor of the Australian edition of GQ, Nick has had features published in titles including Esquire, The Guardian, Observer Sport Monthly and Rolling Stone Australia and is a contributing editor to Director magazine. He has interviewed celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig and Elle Macpherson, as well as business people including Sir Richard Branson, Charles Middleton and Nick Giles and Michael Hayman MBE.

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