With the imminent trial of Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) on charges of fraud and money laundering in New York capturing global attention, the BBC has unveiled a documentary casting a revealing light on the former crypto magnate’s tumultuous journey.
Titled “Panorama: Downfall of the Crypto King,” this documentary, as described on the BBC’s iPlayer page, tells the untold narrative of how SBF’s aspiration to propel cryptocurrency into the mainstream ultimately morphed into a harrowing ordeal, leaving over a million customers grappling with shattered trust.
On the website, the description reads:
“Through detailed research and interviews with his former associates, staffers and insiders, the film examines the numerous red flags that were overlooked, including how his scruffy image, celebrity hype and promises to give billions away to charity, blinded the world to alleged crimes that have plunged crypto into crisis.”
The much-anticipated BBC documentary chronicling the life of SBF is set to captivate audiences for an extended 11-month run, commencing from its release date.
However, it is worth noting that due to rights constraints, the documentary is exclusively accessible to viewers within the United Kingdom through the BBC iPlayer platform.
The spectacular collapse of the once-mighty $40 billion FTX company in November sent shockwaves through the crypto sphere, inspiring various production companies to embark on a race to chronicle SBF’s turbulent odyssey.
Notably, Mark Wahlberg’s production company, Unrealistic Ideas, in collaboration with Fortune, is poised to release an intimate documentary that offers an inside look into the entire FTX saga.
Meanwhile, in March, the Financial Times (FT) unveiled a short film entitled “FTX: The Legend of Sam Bankman-Fried.”
This piece meticulously chronicled the 31-year-old’s journey in the world of cryptocurrency, leading up to the dramatic implosion of FTX.
The film also cast a spotlight on the purported creditors of the exchange, who found themselves grappling with profound financial losses in the wake of the tumultuous incident.
Adding another layer of intrigue to this unfolding narrative, renowned bestselling author Michael Lewis, celebrated for his literary works such as ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Moneyball,’ has expressed his intent to craft a book that delves deep into the riveting story of SBF and the FTX saga.
His inspiration for this ambitious endeavour emanated from personal interactions with the former billionaire at his familial abode.