Business Movies – Education Through Entertainment

Entertainment can collaborate with business to present itself in multidimensional learning experience. This piece enlists documentaries as well the commercial films that have links to the real world events.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind examines for the viewer the behind the scene events leading to the fall of one of the business Giants in the world which resulted in criminal trials for several of the company’s top executives.It also shows the involvement of the Enron traders in helping the company get into crisis. Featuring interviews with McLean and Elkind, as well as former Enron executives and employees, stock analysts, reporters and the former Governor of California,Gray Davis, this movie shoots right on top of the list of must watch.

The Ascent of Money: The Financial History of the World

Professor Niall Ferguson takes us through a journey from the past into the present, from the origins of credit and debt, the rise of the bond market, the origins of modern insurance in the early 19th century and to the birth of the welfare state in post-war Japan, and from the Mississippi Bubble to the current stock market crash and mortgage crises.

Rogue Trader

Based on the book Rogue Trader: How I Brought Down Barings Bank and Shook the Financial World by Nick Leeson, is a drama film based on the 1995 collapse of Barings Bank. The movie follows Leeson’s rise as he soon becomes one of Barings’ key traders. However, everything isn’t as it appears, he gets into trades with huge leverage eventually leading to losses amounting to well over £800 million. This case of barring bank frequently appears in derivative trading lessons.