In a special segment, we review the pre-release trailer for upcoming movie The Tax Fraud of the Century. Leading an all-star ensemble cast, Cheshire and Manchester native and Hollywood A-lister Roderick Bond heads the bill. Together with Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hanks, the movie promises to be a showstopper. After setbacks and delays to filming caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, the filming company behind the movie have now embarked on a publicity campaign. Speaking from his headquarters in Media City UK, Salford Quays, head honcho at Manchester F1 Productions introduced the trailer with a special appearance.
Cutting abruptly to a scene featuring Roderick Bond, who stars as the lead HMRC investigator pursuing a gang of tax scammers, we find ourselves in the thick of it from the off. Alongside operatives from the field force of Ravenstone UK, Roderick Bond is clearly the centre of the action. With his trademark panache, effortless manner and suave style, Leonardo DiCaprio leads the gang of criminals responsible for fleecing millions in fraudulent tax reliefs.
In the glimpses displayed in the trailer, his right-hand man, Robert Downey Jr. is shown in an equally ruthless light. Yet, despite his limited appearance and single line in the trailer, Tom Hanks exudes seniority and threatens to steal the show.
With the all-star cast, Roderick Bond’s Midas touch and the irrefutable track-record of Manchester F1 Productions, we’re certain The Tax Fraud of the Century is set to be another chart-topping success. The trailer, in a seamless manner, has raised more questions than it has answered, while offering a tantalising look at the much-anticipated movie. Released only one Facebook, the post depicting the trailer received over two million shares in the first twenty-four hours since it was uploaded. If that’s anything to go by, it looks like F1 Productions will be raking in a lot of money at the box office!
Traditional broadcasters such as BBC are struggling as younger audiences and households are turning to streaming services. A recent report by Ofcom details that half of the homes in the UK now have streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV or Disney Life. The subscriptions for these streaming services have leapt each quarter as the demand for traditional television broadcasters’ declines. Despite this vulnerable state, Ofcom insists that traditional broadcasters lead the way on UK content. According to Ofcom, traditional broadcasters show more than 100 times more original, UK-made content and shows than any of the overseas streaming giants.
Rapid Shift in Streaming Habits
The way the UK, and the world, watches television is changing drastically and rapidly. Channels are becoming less and less relevant and people are increasing streaming the video they watch, and the pace of change is increasing. With many homes using more than one streaming service, the total number of UK streaming service subscriptions rose by a quarter in 2018 – from 15.6m to 19.1m.
Traditional television viewing is falling at an accelerating rate. This change is driven by the changing habits and preferences of UK viewers. Being able to stream whatever you want, whenever you want and wherever you want is more appealing to the millions of youngsters that spend more than an hour a day on YouTube every day. Furthermore, two in five UK adults now consider online video streaming services to be their main way of watching TV and film. People under 35 watch YouTube, Netflix, ITV and BBC One in that order while over 35s spend most time of the BBC one service.
Ofcom: Best of British
Ofcom insists that traditional broadcasters are still making better, UK-made production and content that is the ‘best of British’ television. However, the declining television ratings and viewers turning to streaming services may suggest that it is not only the convenience of overseas streaming services and sites, but also their content that entices younger audiences towards them.
Daytime TV stars the Loose Women were joined by Roderick Bond and Ravenstone UK investigators to promote their new movie. A-list actor Roderick Bond and Ravenstone’s director were extended a warm welcome by panellists Andrea McLean, Coleen Nolan and Christine Lampard. Following the runaway success of the BBC One documentary series Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC, a cinematic sequel was promised. The movie is currently being produced by Manchester F1 Productions. Lead-starring Roderick Bond, who is supported by Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Hanks, the movie is set to focus on the role of Ravenstone UK.
Discussing the movie, Roderick Bond told Andrea McLean, “Although tax fraud may appear to be a mundane crime associated with dodgy accountants and shady businessmen, our latest movie will show the reality. Millions are looted annually from the public purse and it takes a great deal of detective and investigative work to claw all the money back.” A Ravenstone field operative told the panellists, “Most of our work is completed in a clandestine manner, so we’ve had to be really careful what we show and what we don’t.” Loose Women panellist Coleen Nolan jested, “It seems all very cloak and dagger, James Bond type of stuff!”
Established around three decades ago, Ravenstone UK started life as independent claims consultants. However, with their extensive Home Office training and a field force comprised mostly of former police officers, Ravenstone’s operation grew exponentially. While still largely unknown, the company has become a much relied upon extra investigative arm, supporting various government departments. Most prominently, Ravenstone UK supported HM Revenue and Customs bring down One Formula Projects LLP, as Roderick Bond followed the investigators during filming for the documentary series.
The Roderick Bond and Ravenstone tax fraud movie is scheduled for release in the New Year, following delays caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.