New Zealand’s latest film festival brings fraud to the big screen

New Zealand’s first International Fraud Film Festival

Media release
MR No. 2016 – 30
18 October 2016

'Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world*' and New Zealand’s latest film festival is designed to bring the issue of fraud, and other forms of financial crimes, alive through the medium of film. Saturday is open to the public to join in the debate after each film about how to counter fraud and tickets are available now.

The inaugural New Zealand International Fraud Film Festival (Fraud Film Festival) is being held on 18 & 19 November at Auckland’s Q Theatre and is timed to coincide with Fraud Awareness Week. The festival is affiliated with the Dutch Fraud Film Festival which first took place in 2014.

Some well-known commentators are joining the live panel discussions about fraud and its prevention, with speakers such as Radio NZ’s Wallace Chapman and finance columnist Diana Clement. 

Saturday afternoon’s “The Captain and the Bookmaker” is a documentary on South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje’s on-field fraud prompted by bookmakers, followed by a panel hosted by Hayley Holt.

Steve Newall, Festival Programme Director said “The Fraud Film Festival captures an insight into the motivations and consequences of individuals committing fraud. The festival covers many passions - sport, wine, cinema – and shows how these can be turned against us. I am looking forward to some fascinating conversations inspired by the movie content.”

To demonstrate the far-reaching impacts of fraud and the various guises it comes in, the festival is focusing on a variety of topics on the Saturday.  These include dishonesty, tax fraud, investigative journalism and corruption in sports.

The Fraud Film Festival’s programme also includes “Tickled” an investigation into the bizarre world of competitive tickling, “(Dis)honesty: the truth about lies” and the ultimate irony, “Chancers”, where film making is used to evade tax.

The festival also creates a stage on which to recognise the achievements of a kiwi individual or entity that has distinguished itself in the fight against fraud in New Zealand. Nominations for the Anti-Fraud Award are open now until 24 October. The winner will be presented with the award on the Friday evening of the festival.

For information on how to make a nomination, as well as the full festival programme and ticketing, go to


Andrea Birtwistle
Ph: 021 847 192 or 09 3000465

Editor’s notes:

*”Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world” – Jean-Luc Godard

Get a preview now - Previews of four films can be seen now at

New Zealand International Fraud Film Festival Inc is an incorporated society dedicated to the organisation of the Fraud Film Festival. The New Zealand Fraud Film Festival is affiliated with the Dutch Fraud Film Festival, which was first held in the Netherlands in 2014.

Partners include Deloitte, Meredith Connell, ACC, ASB, Financial Markets Authority, MBIE’s Consumer Protection team, Omega Investigations, Serious Fraud Office, Transparency International, Dave Clark Design and VISA New Zealand.

  • Programme Director: Steve Newall,
  • Festival Chair: Ian Tuke, Deloitte Risk Advisory Director
  • Festival Project Manager: Belinda Moffat