When Bankers Were Good (1 x 60′) – Following the success of Ian Hislop’s series The Age Of The Do-Gooders, he returns with a new film exploring attitudes to money and morality in the 19th century. Coming at a time when the reputation of bankers could perhaps hardly be lower, Hislop’s thought-provoking film looks back to the period when the City of London first became the financial capital of the world, and Victorian fat-cats achieved wealth on a scale never envisaged by previous generations.
But many Victorian bankers were far from comfortable about their riches – which caused them intense soul-searching and much debate about the moral purpose of money and its corrupting nature. For some extraordinary individuals this led to an energetic outpouring of philanthropy that ensured their wealth did not just line their own pockets, but was also directed towards those that really needed it.
Packed with interesting anecdotes and contemporary resonance, Ian Hislop’s film celebrates a golden age of philanthropy.
Producer: Wingspan Productions
TX: Summer/Autumn 2011