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The Gig Is Up

  • 1h 29m
  • Shannon Walsh
  • Canada, France
  • 2021

This film lifts the lid on the realities of the platform or gig economy by sharing the stories of workers around the world who take their instructions from machines.  

From food delivery to driving for ride sharing apps, to tagging images for AI, millions of people around the world are finding work task by task online. Aside from Uber, numerous other companies such as Deliveroo, Lyft, and TaskRabbit have been in the spotlight for their practices, which lack a certain human touch.  

By talking to various workers, the film reveals the hidden costs of our new digital economy which is worth over 5 trillion US Dollars globally and which shows no sign of slowing down.  

Walsh’s film is a timely look at the precarious economic circumstances the gig economy invites, where work is shifted to fleeting contracts and remote workplaces, often forcing people to live pay-check to pay-check, while providing new conveniences to others. 


…a timely exposé of the dark-side and under-reported risks that threaten the hard-won labour rights fought for over the last century.
Ana Vicente,  Dogwoof

This film is part of The Future Beckons Category, proudly presented by Department of Post.


Shannon Walsh


Ina Fichman


English, French, Chinese

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