Film fans get fraud insight at festival

Financial services professionals and regulators are offering movie buffs the chance to get their fill of fraud in a two-day film festival in November.

The inaugural New Zealand International Fraud Film Festival will take place on November 18 and 19 at Auckland's Q Theatre, with the first day set aside for an industry get-together and the second open to the public. The festival will coincide with Fraud Awareness Week, and has been set up to bring financial crime to the big screen, with panel sessions following the movies to get the audience engaged in the debate.

"Fraud in New Zealand can occur on a large or small scale but ultimately it harms the victims and our economy, impacting livelihoods and reducing trust," festival chair Ian Tuke said. "This festival is the product of a diverse group of private and public sector partners who have worked together to bring this fantastic initiative to New Zealand to create a forum for debate around how we can collectively counter fraud."

The New Zealand event is affiliated with the Dutch Fraud Film Festival, which launched in 2014. The festival's partners are accounting group Deloitte, legal firm Meredith Connell, ASB Bank, Visa New Zealand, private eye Omega Investigations, brand manager Dave Clark Design, Transparency International, the Financial Markets Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, Accident Compensation Corp, and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment's consumer protection team.

The programme is still to be finalised, but will include Deep Web, a movie about the area of cyberspace often cited as a hotbed of illegal activity; The Captain and the Bookmaker, a documentary about disgraced South African cricketer Hansie Cronje's match-fixing; and Chancers, a story about how film-making is used to dodge tax.


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