A very human tech doc. THE GIG IS UP uncovers the real costs of the platform economy through the lives of workers from around the world for companies including Uber, Amazon and Deliveroo.


From delivering food and driving ride shares to tagging images for AI, millions of people around the world are finding work task by task online. The gig economy is worth over 5 trillion USD globally, and growing. And yet the stories of the workers behind this tech revolution have gone largely neglected.

Who are the people in this shadow workforce? THE GIG IS UP brings their stories into the light.

Lured by the promise of flexible work hours, independence, and control over time and money, workers from around the world have found a very different reality. Work conditions are often dangerous, pay often changes without notice, and workers can effectively be fired through deactivation or a bad rating.

Through an engaging global cast of characters, THE GIG IS UP reveals how the magic of technology we are being sold might not be magic at all.



A film by Shannon Walsh

Produced by Ina Fichman & Luc Martin-Gousset

Editor Sophie Farkas-Bolla

Director of Photography Étienne Roussy

Written by Shannon Walsh, Harold Crooks, Julien Goetz

Original Music David Chalmin

Supported by:

Talent to Watch — St. John's International Women's Film Festival

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Upcoming Screenings


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World Premiere

CPH: DOX, Copenhagen

North American Premiere

Hot Docs, Toronto

Opening Film

DOXA International Film Festival


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Produced in partnership with:

Telefilm Canada Documentary Feature Fund & The Rogers Group of Funds

ARTE France & CBC Documentary Channel

Intuitive Pictures

Montreal, Canada

Point du Jour

Paris, France