The Kleptocrats

Directed by Sam Hobkinson, Havana Marking
84 minutes
All Ages
A true-life political scam that plays out like a Hollywood movie, complete with stars, villains and billions of dollars! A jaw-dropping documentary on Malaysia's 1MDB scandal.

In full-on investigative mode, reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter doggedly pursue the story of US $3.5 billion missing from a Malaysian wealth fund. They trace the dirty money, via real estate deals and movie financing, back to the top tiers of the Malaysian government. Incredibly (but oh, how fitting!), the audacious swindlers chose to back the 2014 blockbuster The Wolf of Wall Street. Hollywood A-listers, including Leonardo DiCaprio, attended lavish parties hosted to launch the film. The embezzlement was orchestrated by a flamboyant financier, Jho Low, and Riza Aziz, the stepson of the then-Malaysian Prime Minister. As the truth finally comes to light, assets are frozen and the fall-out begins.

A true-life tale of leaders putting themselves above their constituents... moreover, it’s a snapshot of the shadier side of stratospheric celebrity life, given that it involves not only DiCaprio and Scorsese, but also the likes of Paris Hilton, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx and Robert De Niro.
Nick Schager, The Daily Beast
It earns its spurs as a feature not only in its ambitious scope and technical polish but in the way it sees the story through to the impact on the people of Malaysia… [reminding] us that a great story was also a national tragedy.
Allan Hunter, Screen International


Wed 5 June
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
All Ages
In English and Malay with English subtitles
Sam Hobkinson, Havana Marking
Mike Lerner
Louise Story
Luciano Blotta, Phillip Stebbing
Peter Norrey, John Clohessy
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Crime, Women Directors, Politics & Economics, Asia, Filmmaking, Science & Tech, South East Asia
Company Credits
World Sales: Dogwoof
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