The Divide (2015 film)

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The Divide
UK Theatrical Poster
Directed byKatharine Round
Produced by
CinematographyWoody James
Edited byJohn Mister
Music byAndrew Hewitt
  • Dartmouth Films
  • Literally Films
Distributed byDartmouth Films (UK)
Release dates
  • November 2015 (2015-11) (Ireland)
  • 22 April 2016 (2016-04-22) (UK)
Running time
78 minutes
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States

The Divide is a 2015 documentary film directed by British filmmaker Katharine Round.[1] It was produced by Katharine Round and Christopher Hird.[2] It is an adaptation of the acclaimed 2009 socio-economic book The Spirit Level by Richard G. Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. The book argues that there are "pernicious effects that inequality has on societies: eroding trust, increasing anxiety and illness, (and) encouraging excessive consumption".

Originally titled The Spirit Level,[3] The film ran a successful crowdfunding campaign through IndieGoGo, raising £70,000, £20,000 more than expected.[4] The film was completed in 2015 and previewed that same year. It was released theatrically in the UK in April 2016. A US release is set to follow later in 2016. It was launched on Netflix on October 3, 2016 with streaming capabilities for US and UK territories only.

The film has appeared at several major film festivals including: Sheffield Doc/Fest[5] (June 2015), Open City Film Festival in London[6](June 2015) where it was nominated for Best UK Film,[7] Cork Film Festival[8] (November 2015), and ZagrebDox Film Festival[9] (February 2016).


As many Western countries have become richer, they've seemingly become unhappier; with fearful communities, health problems and violent deaths becoming more common not less. The Divide weaves together seven stories to paint a picture of how economic division creates social division. The film depicts the startling truth of struggling to make ends meet in America. Together, it ties the mentality that developed countries have become based around consumerism, materialism and the idea of happiness that these objects and actions should be in your life, despite that they seem to be perpetuating the individuals struggle. The Divide also showed that inequality can come from the people; how they view your "image", status, and neighborhood in which it can displayed either wealth or poverty.



  1. ^ Round, Katharine (30 June 2012). "The Spirit Level documentary: bringing the message to millions". The Guardian. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  2. ^ The Spirit Level Documentary
  3. ^ The Divide film (11 May 2015). "THE SPIRIT LEVEL is being renamed!". Twitter. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  4. ^ "How to Crowdfund Your Film". The Knowledge. Wilmington Publishing & Information Ltd. 7 February 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "The Divide". SheffDocFest. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  6. ^ "The Divide". Open City Documentary Festival. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Open City Docs Fest Celebrates Women Filmmakers". WFTV. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  8. ^ "The Divide". Cork Film Festival. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  9. ^ "The Divide". ZagrebDox. Retrieved 3 May 2016.

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