While making the show 'WINNERS' we tried to learn as much as we could about capitalism, its alternatives, and how capitalism intersects with food, consumption, class, race, historic narratives, patriotism, and plenty of other things.
We watched loads of documentaries and TV shows, read a fair few books and articles, and talked to loads of interesting people from a wide variety of organisations.
Below is a list of some of our favourites. If you're interested in learning more about these things, please do check them out. We hope you find them thought provoking. Some of them are also excellent for providing concrete actions you can take if you'd like to help bring about change.
Lots of love,
The Wardrobe Ensemble xxx
Films and longer documentaries
Capitalism: A love story
Directed by Michael Moore - A Comedic documentary set in middle America that looks at America's love of capitalism and impact it's had on its citizens. (2 hours 7 minutes)
Super size me 2: Holy Chicken!
A documentary looking at the fast food industry and it’s green washing of its food and animal care.(1 hour 42 minutes)
The Big Short
Directed by Adam Mckay - A star studded movie based on the real lives of several financial industry professionals who bet against the US mortgaging market in the early 2000’s after discovering its corruption. (2 hours 10 minutes)
Directed by Ava DuVernay - A documentary going in depth into the 13th amendment of the US constitution and the ways it villainised black Americans and clogged up their prison systems. (1 hour 40 minutes)
A US documentary series with different episodes talking about the ways we spend our money. (22 mins per episode)
Bite sized history lessons on scientific breakthrough, social movements and world changing discoveries. Recommended episodes - ‘Fast Food’ ‘Plastics’ ‘Oil and the Middle east’ and ‘The space race’ (20-30 mins per episode)
On becoming a god in central Florida
A useful tv drama about what it takes some people to survive in the current system
Lots of Adam Curtis documentaries are useful, but this is particularly helpful to understand economics: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p088kj1c/pandoras-box-3-the-league-of-gentlemen
Doughnut economics: Seven ways to think like a 21st century economist
By Kate Raworth - The book offers up a new model for economics based around a regenerative and a distributive economy or ‘the doughnut model’.
Postcapitalist desire and Capitalist Realism: is there no alternative?
Both by Mark fisher - Two eminently readable books about capital's place in our collective imaginations by the late Mark Fisher, one of the UK's most important and articulate cultural theorists.
A movable feast
by Kenneth Kiple - An in depth look at the history of developments in food production, its close relationship to the growth of civilisations and the steady march of globalisation.
Natives: Race and Class in the ruins of an empire
By Akala - In memoir-polemic book Akala highlights problems with the police, education,
identity, politics, sexual objectification and the far right most things Britons tend to shy away from.
Talking to me daughter about the economy; A brief history of capitalism
Extinction rebellion - A group a decentralised climate activists fighting for climate action through non violent demonstrations
Twitter - @ExtinctionR
Food Justice Network - A project that brings a creative and academic approach to the question, what is food justice? By interrogating the systems and inequalities that determine the food that sustains us as individuals and communities. https://foodjustice.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/
Make Votes Matter - the UK national movement for a proportional representation voting system www.makevotesmatter.org.uk
By Yanis Varoufakis - Greece’s former finance minister writes a series of letters to his young daughter, not long a teenager, educating her on business politics and the corruption of world economics.
Me and white supremacy
By Layla Saad - A how to on dismantling the privilege within yourself and so you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of colour, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.
This is not a drill
By Extinction Rebellion - A collection of essays written by scientists, psychologists, artists to indigenous activists all talking about one thing, our impending extinction and how to deal with it. Mentally and physically.
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
By Michael Braungart and William McDonough - An architect (McDonough) and a chemist (Braungart) presented a design that provides enduring benefits for society from safe materials, water and energy and eliminates the concept of waste.
BluePrint for a revolution
By Srdja Popovic and Mathew Miller - Dubbed as an urgent and accessible handbook made for peaceful protesters, activists, and community organizers or really anyone trying to defend their rights, hold their government accountable, or change the world.
Mandatory distribution podcast - comedy podcast looking at different facets of capitalism in modern life
COP26 - To keep up with this November's climate summit in Glasgow. Twitter - @COP26