Manic Studios – Spin

Australian Workers Film Guide


From the Fair Go For Billionaires campaign, this satirical commercial features fictional mining magnate Alan Billson sitting in front of his personal tennis court complaining about the spin regarding so called mega profits and how the mining tax is an unjust imposition on billionaires, “What I object to is all the spin. Mega profits, they’re not mega profits, not unless you call tens of millions of dollars mega profits. This new mining tax should be called the tax on ordinary everyday billionaires.” 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: 18 secs

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Film Producer: Piers Grove, Xanon Murphy,

Film Writer: Charles Firth, Paddy Gorman,

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