The True Cost

Who pays the price for our clothing?

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Official film description...

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

Rating from our film jury...

Selected as prime time film at the Films for the Earth Festival 2015.

„The True Cost“ mediates connections convincingly, addresses a topic with extremely high relevance and thus creates a tangible connection to one’s own life. The journalistic achievement is strong and includes various points of view. „The True Cost“ illuminates an everyday topic with its difficulties from a rarely shown angle, but it does not address many practical solution approaches.

The entertainment value of this film is high and hardly leaves anyone emotionally unaffected. Simultaneously, it conveys knowledge and facts and shows the influence of the topic on the earth and mankind.

With a very moving and emotional effectiveness, responsibility is addressed and intention to act generated. The aroused empathy and the global connections and effects can even create a planetary dimension.

„The True Cost“ puts forward exciting dramaturgy, scores with extraordinary pictures, remarkable editing and camera work and completes the cinematic performance with finely tuned music.

Further reviews...

“Staggering” -The LA Times

“If you make one fashion move this summer, consider making it a trip to see The True Cost” – British Vogue

“A sweeping, heartbreaking and damning survey of the clothing economy” – CNN

“A portrait of exploitation” – The New York Times

“Gut-wrenching and alarming”
Elle Magazine

“'The True Cost' attacks the business of fast fashion” – CNBC

“Documentary Exposes Hidden Costs of $8 Jeans” – The Wall Street Journal

“Horrifying… A must watch” – MTV News

“An incendiary new documentary is quietly hoping to prompt a revolution both on and off the red carpet” – The Guardian

“If films like Super Size Me and Fast Food Nation can begin to put a dent in the similarly harmful fast food industry, it's certainly possible that this film will mark a step in the same direction for fast fashion” – The Hollywood Reporter

“The overlooked and highly detrimental impact of the fast fashion industry” – W Magazine

“The True Cost premieres in London” – WWD

“It proves to do for the fast fashion business what Food, Inc. did for fast food.” – The Telegraph

“One of the most important films of the year” – BlogCritic

Awards: 1 nomination.
IMDb User-Rating: 7.7/10
Metascore Critics Rating: 46/100
Rotten Tomatoes User Rating: 6.3/10

Technical information and screening rights...

Director: Andrew Morgan
Producer: Michael Ross
Executive Producer: Lucy Siegle, Livia Firth, Vincent Vittorio, Christopher L. Harvey
Associate Producer: Laura Piety
Year: 2015
PG: 13
Filmtype: Documentary, Biography, Drama
Runtime: 92 min
Release Date: 29 May 2015
Languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, German.
Actors: Vandana Shiva, Rick Ridgeway, Tim Kasser
Color: Technicolor Hollywood
Music: Duncan Blickenstaff
Orchestra: Neal Desby
Sound Mix: Michael Flowe
Editing: Jason Fabbro
All international Screening Rights at The Film Sales Company.
Community Screenings: Bullfrog Communities
Screening rights germanspeaking area: GrandFilm

More information...


Clothing Externalization Globalization Health SocialEntrepreneurs Toxins


entertainment value

scientificity+ journalistic quality

Transfer of a momentum

Picture, music, craftsmanship

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