|Michael Winterbottom at the London Film Festival (BFI/Getty)|
The director told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row: “It's about inequality and why the 1% [of the world's wealthy] seem to have so much and the rest of us not quite so much," he told BBC Radio 4's Front Row. “Everyone knows about equality and what's going on in the world, so the idea is to point out the ludicrous extremes of our society.”
Winterbottom said he had wanted work with Brand since reading the comedian’s memoir Booky Wook in 2007. “I tried to work with him ages ago when he first wrote Booky Wook and we talked to him about doing a more dramatised version but it didn't happen So this is a chance after a lot of years to have another go.”
The director’s latest The Face of An Angel, inspired by the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy, was premiered at the BFI London Film Festival last week.