Rogue Trader (film)
|Directed by||James Dearden|
|Produced by||Janette Day
|Written by||James Dearden|
|Based on||Rogue Trader: How I Brought Down Barings Bank and Shook the Financial World
by Nick Leeson
|Narrated by||Ewan McGregor|
|Music by||Richard Hartley|
|Edited by||Catherine Creed|
|Distributed by||Pathé (UK)
|Box office||£969,565 (UK sub-total)|
Rogue Trader is a 1999 British biographical drama film written and directed by James Dearden and starring Ewan McGregor and Anna Friel. The film centers in the life of former derivatives broker Nick Leeson and the 1995 collapse of Barings Bank. It was based on Leeson's 1996 book Rogue Trader: How I Brought Down Barings Bank and Shook the Financial World.
Rogue Trader tells the true story of Nick Leeson, an employee of Barings Bank who after a successful spell working for the firm's office in Indonesia is sent to Singapore as General Manager of the Trading Floor on the SIMEX exchange. The movie follows Leeson's rise as he soon becomes one of Barings' key traders. However, everything isn't as it appears — through the 88888 error account, Nick is hiding huge losses as he gambles away Baring's money with little more than the bat of an eyelid from the powers-that-be back in London.
Eventually the losses mount up to well over £800 million and Nick, along with his wife Lisa, decide to leave Singapore and escape to Malaysia. Nick doesn't realise the severity of his losses until he reads in the newspaper that Barings has gone bankrupt. They then decide to return to London but Nick is arrested en route in Frankfurt. Nick is extradited to Singapore where he is sentenced to six and a half years in jail and is diagnosed with colon cancer. Because of this, he did not complete his sentence.
- Ewan McGregor as Nick Leeson
- Anna Friel as Lisa Leeson
- Tim McInnerny as Tony Hawes
- Nigel Lindsay as Ron Baker
- John Standing as Peter Baring
- Lee Ross as Danny Argyropoulos
- Yves Beneyton as Pierre Beaumarchais
- Betsy Brantley as Brenda Granger
- Caroline Langrishe as Ash Lewis
- Ivan Heng as Bartender
Release and distribution
Rogue Trader was released on 25 June 1999 in the UK and the USA. It was distributed by Pathé in the UK and Cinemax in the USA. It flopped miserably, gaining less than 1 million sterling in the UK.
Rogue Trader was poorly received by critics, as the film holds a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews.