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Ross Ashcroft

Oct 14, 2018

Ross Ashcroft

is a British filmmaker, broadcaster and businessman. He is the host of the Renegade Economist show.[1]

Ashcroft was born in Liverpool and grew up in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. He attended St David’s College, Llandudno and graduated from Royal Agricultural University with a Bachelor of Science in Land Management.[2]

Early work

Ashcroft worked briefly with the BBC and then went on to work at Everyman and Playhouse Youth Theatre in Liverpool as an Assistant Director. In 2002 he was Assistant Director for The New Shakespeare Company’s 2002 season at Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park working on Romeo and JulietAs You Like It and Oh, What a Lovely War! with Benedict Cumberbatch. Working with ACT Productions in London’s West End his final Assistant Director role was on August Strindberg‘s play The Dance of Death in 2003 with Ian McKellenFrances de la Tour and Owen Teale.[3]

As a comedian, he won the Comedy Café New Act Award 2007. He was a semi-finalist of So You Think You’re Funny in 2007 and a finalist in the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year in 2009.[4]

Motherlode

In 2007 he co-founded the London-based production and strategy house Motherlode.[5] In 2009 Motherlode established an in-house brand ‘Renegade Economist’, as a response to mainstream economics and economist’s failure to adequately explain the 2008 financial crisis.

In 2012 his directorial debut film Four Horsemen premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Four Horsemen

As a director/writer, Ashcroft’s documentary feature Four Horsemen[6] premiered at IDFA in Amsterdam in the competition category ‘First Appearance’. It was also nominated for the Oxfam Global Justice Award. The film won ‘Best International Documentary’ at the Galway Film Fleadh and ‘Best International Film’ at the Tehran Film Festival.

For film features 23 international thinkers including Prof. Joseph Stiglitz, Prof Noam ChomskyGillian TettHa-Joon Chang, Prof. Michael HudsonLawrence WilkersonSatish Kumar, Prof. Herman Daly and John Perkins.

The film fundamentally attacks neoclassical economics and asks why the neoclassical ideology, after such systemic failure, is still taught in almost all universities today.

Reception

Cinesthesiac said that Ashcroft “may be the first documentarist working in this field to elicit viable solutions from his interviewees, rather than baleful shrugs: you can’t fail to emerge better informed, and better prepared to make the kinds of changes and perception shifts we need to make if we are to move forward from here.”[7]

Screen International said: “The refreshing thing about this film is that Ross Ashcroft also takes the viewer on a broader journey, linking in terrorism, global warming and poverty along with world finances to present a troubling picture of the world today.”[8]

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