Manic Studios – Eager To Please

Australian Workers Film Guide


From the Fair Go For Billionaires campaign, this satirical commercial integrates footage used from the We Love Workers (2010) skit by utilising visual effects to place the head of Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on subservient characters participating in the billionaire lifestyle scenes. This includes a gardener on the mining magnate’s estate, a servant feeding him grapes and table waiting, as well as waving him goodbye as he drives off in his Lamborghini. It concludes with the text ‘ABBOTT UNDERSTANDS’, indicating Abbott’s support for billionaire mining magnates.

Fair Go For Billionaires was a CFMEU – Mining & Energy Division campaign opposing Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s promise to repeal the new Resources Tax, thereby diverting tax dollars intended for public purposes back to rich and powerful mining companies.

Special Notes/Achievements

Manic Studios was established for the trade union movement with the goal of producing satirical films and videos for union campaigns. Charles Firth, an Australian comedian and member of the famed The Chaser satirical comedy show, was the company’s creative director.

Author: J Bird, 2023

Duration: 30 secs

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Film Producer: Piers Grove, Xanon Murphy,

Film Writer: Charles Firth, Paddy Gorman,

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