Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

Collapse 2009

Directed by Chris Smith

Imminent man-made catastrophe is explained with alarming clarity and conviction by doom theorist Michael Ruppert, who already accurately predicted the economic meltdown. “Shockingly persuasive.” — NY Times

USA In English
82 minutes DigiBeta



Kate Noble


Max Malkin
Ed Lachman


Barry Poltermann


Hunter Crowley


Didier Leplae
Joe Wong


Michael Ruppert


Toronto 2009


Imminent man-made catastrophe is explained for us with clarity and conviction in this alarming new documentary by director Chris Smith (The Yes Men, NZIFF04).

Collapse takes the nerve-racking theories of Michael Ruppert, a doom theorist, and places the chain smoker front and center to deliver them personally for 82 riveting minutes. Ruppert predicted the economic meltdown with great specificity; he also sees the end of police forces, road systems, air-traffic control and capitalism – within the next 20 to 50 years. You can’t take your eyes off him.” — Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out NY.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find a movie that channels the anxieties of our time with the power and terror of the documentary Collapse… The grippingly articulate Ruppert is like Noam Chomsky as a wry pundit of doom.” — Owen Glieberman, Entertainment Weekly.

Collapse is a gruelling peek at a doomsday prophet’s rigorous mind but in a sly way also a compassionate look at the strain Ruppert endures from knowing he has only ever been right.” — Robert Abele, LA Times

“A compelling one man argument and a riveting watch.” — Darren Bevan,