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posted 9 Oct 2012, 01:10 by Friern Barnet

Barnet - The Billion Pound Gamble


The world Premier of Barnet – The Billion Pound Gamble will be at the Phoenix Cinema on Monday 22nd October.

Doors open at 6pm, screening at 6.30pm


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From the makers of the critically acclaimed documentary "A Tale of Two Barnets", comes a new film exposing the shocking way that Barnet Council are planning a huge gamble with your money.

Film maker Charles Honderick has spent 18 months interviewing people across Barnet to find how their lives have been affected by the cuts, service changes and policies of Barnet Council.

This shocking film lifts the lid on the way ordinary people are being neglected, whilst the Council wastes millions on pet projects

The film also includes an exclusive interview with award winning director, Ken Loach, talking about the danger to Barnet’s economy of outsourcing jobs and services.


In September 2011, Charles Honderick, a young film maker from Fort Lauderdale in the USA arrived in Barnet to make a small, low budget  documentary  film about  how the town where Charles Dickens workhouse was set, had changed in the 200 years since the birth of Dickens. What he found shocked him.  From the first packed screening in March at the iconic Phoenix Cinema, the film made history.. It has since been shown at the House of Commons, The Edinburgh Festival, The UNISON Conference, and the TUC.

Charles was inundated with requests from people who had seen the film, to dig deeper. In May 2012, Charles started work on Barnet - The Billion Pound Gamble to give the residents of Barnet a voice and to make sure people know that the council are about to place a huge bet -  £1,000,000,000 with their money.  This bet is one  which multi national companies can only win whilst the taxpayer and the people who use council services will pick up the tab.Award winning director Ken Loach is featured talking about the risks of outsourcing as well as the way Barnet Council don't care about the ordinary people . They have even outsourced our football team to Harrow!