Bitcoin documentary exposes ‘divided crypto community’

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Bitcoin Documentary

An ‘investigation’ into the people, power and the future of blockchain and cryptocurrencies will be the focus of a major new feature-length documentary funded by the Australian Government.

Titled ‘Cryptopia – Bitcoin, Blockchain and the Future of the Internet’ – the production will feature the world’s most influential figures in blockchain and cryptocurrencies including; Da Hongfei (NEO founder), Charlie Lee (Litecoin creator), Wences Casares (Xapo CEO), Samson Mow (Blockstream CSO) and Andreas M. Antonopoulos (Author).

Bitcoin Documentary
Early production work on Cryptopia has begun. Behind-the-scenes images – kickstarter.com.

‘Cryptopia’ will be the second Bitcoin documentary directed by Torsten Hoffmann and Michael Watchulonis.

The filmmakers were the creative team behind 2015 documentary, ‘Bitcoin: The End of Money as We know It.’


Bitcoin Documentary
The 2015 doco won a series of awards including, ‘best international documentary’ at a Las Vegas film festival.

“Four years ago, I made a film about Bitcoin, we showed how the bankers crashed the world economy and walked away with bonuses, since then we have seen Bitcoin sky-rocket in value,” says Torsten Hoffmann in a documentary teaser.

“Now we’re back, back because the general audience still doesn’t understand Bitcoin and the potential of the blockchain.”

But there’s a twist, Hoffmann and Watchulonis will now shine the spotlight on what they describe as a ‘divided crypto community’.

“Welcome to ground zero in the battle for the future of the internet… Web 3.0,” says Hoffmann.

“This is the story of former allies now at war, of staggering wealth… And right on queue the bankers are back!”

The Bitcoin documentary is one of 14 projects to share in AU$2.7m from Screen Australia, the Australian Government’s movie funding arm.

The funding accounts for 45% of Cryptopia’s total budget.

A kickstarter campaign has also raised more than AU$20,000 for the production.

The documentary is expected to premiere in early 2019.