Ross Ashcroft

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Ross Ashcroft
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Born (1977-10-03) 3 October 1977 (age 40) Liverpool, United Kingdom
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Education St David's College, Llandudno, Royal Agricultural University
Occupation Businessman, filmmaker, broadcaster
Known for Writer & Director of Four Horsemen, Co-Author of 'Four Horsemen: The Survival Guide', Host of the 'Renegade Economist Show'

Ross Ashcroft is a British filmmaker, broadcaster and businessman. He is the host of the Renegade Economist show.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Ashcroft was born in Liverpool and grew up in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. He attended St David's College, Llandudno and graduated from Royal Agricultural University with a Bachelor of Science in Land Management.[2]


Early work[edit]

Ashcroft worked briefly with the BBC and then went on to work at Everyman and Playhouse Youth Theatre in Liverpool as an Assistant Director. In 2002 he was Assistant Director for The New Shakespeare Company's 2002 season at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park working on Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and Oh, What a Lovely War! with Benedict Cumberbatch. Working with ACT Productions in London's West End his final Assistant Director role was on August Strindberg's play The Dance of Death in 2003 with Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour and Owen Teale.[3]

As a comedian, he won the Comedy Café New Act Award 2007. He was a semi-finalist of So You Think You're Funny in 2007 and a finalist in the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year in 2009.[4]


In 2007 he co-founded the London-based production and strategy house Motherlode.[5] In 2009 Motherlode established an in-house brand 'Renegade Economist', as a response to mainstream economics and economist's failure to adequately explain the 2008 financial crisis.

In 2012 his directorial debut film Four Horsemen premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Four Horsemen[edit]

As a director/writer, Ashcroft's documentary feature Four Horsemen[6] premiered at IDFA in Amsterdam in the competition category 'First Appearance'. It was also nominated for the Oxfam Global Justice Award. The film won 'Best International Documentary' at the Galway Film Fleadh and 'Best International Film' at the Tehran Film Festival.

For film features 23 international thinkers including Prof. Joseph Stiglitz, Prof Noam Chomsky, Gillian Tett, Ha-Joon Chang, Prof. Michael Hudson, Lawrence Wilkerson, Satish Kumar, Prof. Herman Daly and John Perkins.

The film fundamentally attacks neoclassical economics and asks why the neoclassical ideology, after such systemic failure, is still taught in almost all universities today.


Cinesthesiac said that Ashcroft "may be the first documentarist working in this field to elicit viable solutions from his interviewees, rather than baleful shrugs: you can't fail to emerge better informed, and better prepared to make the kinds of changes and perception shifts we need to make if we are to move forward from here."[7]

Screen International said: "The refreshing thing about this film is that Ross Ashcroft also takes the viewer on a broader journey, linking in terrorism, global warming and poverty along with world finances to present a troubling picture of the world today."[8]

Renegade Inc[edit]

Renegade Inc is a digital platform to make complex economic, business and educational questions understandable to a broader audience.

Renegade Inc contributors outline new business thinking, effective management and creative leadership.


In 2012 the book 'Four Horsemen: The Survival Manual' was published which Ashcroft co-wrote with Mark Braund. It was the accompanying book to the documentary 'Four Horsemen'.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Ashcroft is married and lives in London. He is a keen cricketer.


  1. ^ "Renegade Economist". Renegade Economist. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "About". Ross Ashcroft. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dance of Death". Ian McKellen. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ross Ashcroft". Comedy CV. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Motherlode". Motherlode. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Four Horsemen". IMDb. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Apocalypse now?: "Four Horsemen"". Cinésthesia. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Four Horsemen". Screen Daily. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Four Horsemen: The Survival Guide". Retrieved 30 May 2014.