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A very human tech doc, THE GIG IS UP uncovers the real costs of the platform economy through the lives of people working for companies around the world, 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

Talent to Watch — St. John's International Women's Film Festival
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Dogwoof Pictures [GB] – (2021)
Branch: London, ENG
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Branch: Cleveland, OH
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USA – Oct 8, 2021


World Premiere

CPH: DOX, Copenhagen

North American Premiere

Hot Docs, Toronto

Opening Film

DOXA International Film Festival

US Premiere

Boston Independent Film Festival, Boston, USA


Biografilm, Italy, June 4-14, 2021

Doc Edge, New Zealand, June 21 – July 11, 2021

Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, August 5-15, 2021

Dokufest: International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosovo, August 6-14, 2020

74th Edinburgh International Film Festival, August 18-25, 2021

Millennium Docs Against Gravity, Poland, Sept 3-12, 2021

DocuMental, Sofia, Bulgaria, Sept 7-14, 2021

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, Halifax, Canada, Sept 17, 2021

Cinefest, Sudbury, Sept 22, 2021

Job Films Days, Torino, Italy, Sept 22-26, 2021

Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary, Sept 23-Oct 3, 2021

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Oct 5-10, 2021

TV & Streaming

iTunes & Apple TV [US] Oct 2021

Dogwoof TV [UK] Sept 2021

ARTE [France] April 2021

CBC Docs – [CAN] TBA


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