The platform economy has transformed the everyday consumer experience and has swiftly become an essential part of daily life by building an on-demand society. In THE GIG IS UP, director Shannon Walsh uncovers the real costs of the platform economy through the lives of workers from around the world for companies including Uber, Amazon and Deliveroo. From delivering food and driving ride shares to tagging images for AI, millions of people around the world are finding work task by task online. What is the experience of the people who power this tech revolution in the real world? Using a cinema vérité approach, THE GIG IS UP profiles a range of workers from different parts of the world, looking at their common experiences. Motivated by personal freedom and limited job prospects, this shadow workforce is often exposed to dangerous and economically precarious conditions. THE GIG IS UP reveals how technology is masking a deeply human consequence of our modern conveniences.
Now in our 22nd year, Planet in Focus is an environmental media arts organization with year-round programming. Our mandate is to produce cultural events that showcase engaging and artistic films that question, explore and tell stories about the world in which we live. We use film as a catalyst for public awareness, discussion and engagement on a broad range of environmental issues.