The Gig Is Up

Mil­lions of peo­ple around the world find task-based work to do online. Work­ing con­di­tions are often dan­ger­ous and unfair. The Gig Is Up makes us real­ize that the mag­ic of tech­nol­o­gy we’re being sold may just be an illusion. 


From home-delivered meals to VTC services, millions of people around the world are finding task-based work to do online. The gig economy is worth over five trillion dollars worldwide, a figure that is constantly growing. Nevertheless, we pay little attention to the stories of these workers, who reveal the inner workings of this technological evolution. Who are these shadowy workers? The Gig Is Up brings their stories to light. Seduced by the promise of independence and control over their working hours and income, women workers around the world have had to face the harsh reality of this economy. Dangerous working conditions, unstable incomes and the precariousness of their activities, which can come to a halt overnight in the event of deactivation or poor grades. Through engaging characters from the four corners of the globe, this documentary makes us realize that the magic of technology we're being sold may just be an illusion.

Theme(s) : , Economy, Human Rights, Precarity, Technology


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Shannon Walsh


Shan­non Walsh is a Cana­di­an film­mak­er and screen­writer. She has writ­ten and direct­ed many award-win­ning fea­ture-length doc­u­men­taries, as well as numer­ous short films and vir­tu­al real­i­ty projects. Her work is shown at film fes­ti­vals around the world, and also exhib­it­ed in muse­um spaces, most notably the Venice Bien­nale and the Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou in Paris. Shan­non is Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia (UBC). She is the recip­i­ent of the 2020 — 2021 Guggen­heim Fellowship.


Director | , Shannon Walsh
Year | , 2021
Country | , Canada, France
Duration | 88 minutes
Original language | , English
Subtitles | , French
Formats |
Image | Étienne Roussy
Sound design | Sylvain Bellemare
Sound mixing | Stéphane Bergeron
Music | David Chalmin
Editing | Farkas-Bolla Sophie
Production | Christine Rocheleau, Ina Fichman, Juliette Bonnaud, Laurence Chassin, Luc Martin-Gousset
Screenplay | Harold Crooks, Julien Goetz, Shannon Walsh


CPH: DOX International Documentary Festival Amsterdam - Hot Docs - Bergen Film Fest - DOXA International Film Festival - Boston Independent Film Festival - Biografilm - Melbourne International Film Festival - Dokufest - Edinburgh International Film Festival - Inconvenient Films - Planet in Focus - Jihlava IDFF - Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM) - DOC NYC - International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) - Human Rights Film Festival - Thessaloniki International Film Festival




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