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Oxfam Launches New Film To Demonstrate The Devastating Effects Of Tax Dodging

'The Heist No One Is Talking About', made by Don’t Panic and produced by Stink Films, MPC and Whitehouse uncovers the heist on the world's poorest

Oxfam Launches New Film To Demonstrate The Devastating Effects Of Tax Dodging

Companies dodge approx. £78bn in tax in poor countries annually. Today Oxfam reveals that just a third of this is enough to cover the bill for essential healthcare that could prevent the needless deaths of eight million mothers, babies and children. Oxfam today reveals this information alongside a hard-hitting film illustrating the human cost of tax avoidance on the world’s poorest.

The film was created by Don’t Panic and produced by Stink Films, MPC and Whitehouse to demonstrate that there is a global heist hitting the poorest the hardest, and it’s about time we get people talking about it.

Joe Wade, MD of Don’t Panic, says: “We aim to re-contextualise complex issues to make them appeal to new audiences, or to audiences that may have lost interest. We feel like this film dramatically achieves this by drawing people in with a heist set-up, before subverting it and delivering a stark message about the impact of tax avoidance. Which is something we're all very proud to have been a part of on behalf of Oxfam.”

Matthew Spencer, Oxfam’s Campaigns Director, said: “Tax dodgers may not be literally stealing medicines from the pockets of the poorest but they are depriving poor countries of billions that could be invested in healthcare. It’s wrong that so many of the world’s poorest people are missing out on basic medical treatment that could save their lives and give them a chance of escaping poverty and hardship.”

Governments urgently need to tackle tax secrecy to help put an end to tax dodging. As movement towards an EU tax transparency deal has stalled, Oxfam is calling on the Chancellor to use next month’s Budget to commit to implementing tougher tax laws for UK-based multinationals by the end of 2019. Greater tax transparency would make it easier to verify whether companies’ tax bills are in line with their real economic activity in every country where they do business – and to hold them accountable. However, until public reporting requirements are mandatory for all large businesses, widespread tax avoidance will continue to deprive governments rich and poor of revenue needed to provide essential services and tackle poverty.

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Advertiser: Oxfam GB

Head of Advertising: Emma Greaves (Head of film)

Brand Manager: Allys Thomas

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Don’t Panic

Strategist: Ellie Moore (Engagement)

Agency Production: Nisha Mullea

Music Producer: Sean Craigie-Atherton, Sian Rogers

Senior Creative: Alistair Griggs

Production Manager: Thyme Mor

Creatives: Christopher Ross Kellam

Managing Director: Joe Wade

Production Company

Production Company: Stink Films

Director: Tom Green

DOP: Benoit Soler



Edit Company: Whitehouse

Editor: James Forbes-Robertson

Producer: Lucy Banks

Executive Producer: Blake Powell

Head of Production: Andrew Levene

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: MPC

Colourist: George K @MPC

VFX Supervisor: Mark Stannard

Designer: Dan Martio (Mask)

VFX Producer: Annabel Bennett


Composer: Walter Mair

Audio Post Production: Neil Johnson @ Factory

Publisher: Siren Publishing

Music Production: SIREN

Producer: Lou Allen @ Factory

Digital Production Company

Colourist: George K