Michael Winterbottom’s latest, Greed, a film that couldn’t be more of a departure from his last Tiff entry The Wedding Guest. A comedy-satire led by frequent collaborator Steve Coogan as an ageing billionaire high street magnate, is a huge magnifying glass on the society in which we live today. It also might be the director’s funniest, and best feature yet.
Greed opens on the Greek island of Mykyonos, preparations in full swing for billionaire high street tycoon Sir Richard McCreadie’s 60th birthday celebrations. Themed around Ridley Scott’s Oscar-magnet Gladiator, the shindig promises toga-wearing celebrities, tons of booze and drugs and even a lion. Yes, a real lion. The film flits forward and back from the preparations – and eventually the party – to McCreadie’s time at boarding school as a teenager, to his early years on the rag trade in his twenties, through