On September 11th, 2017, Peter Sutherland was walking to Mass at the Brompton Oratory in London when he suffered a massive heart attack. Having left the house without his wallet, the man acknowledged as “the father of globalisation” lay in hospital unknown and unrecognised. He would never fully recover and died early this year in Dublin. Peter Sutherland – or “Suds” as he was known as since his school days – has been a dominant presence on the Irish and International political landscape for many decades. He is an establishment figure who has always appeared to be one remove from that establishment. He appears to exist in a rarefied atmosphere, part of a remote European elite – comfortably affluent, unelected and yet quietly and powerfully influential.
Against the background of his life story, we trace the complex evolution of globalisation from World War II to the present day, and the remarkable impact it has had on the world in which we live today. This film will confront the evolution of globalisation over many decades to the point of where we are now possibly looking at the falling of this world order.
Producers: Martha O’Neill / John Gormley Director: Alan Gilsenan
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