“As I’ve said again and again, no brilliant jerks will be allowed, and no one will be protected because they are top performers.” – Uber board member Arianna Huffington, 2017.
In December 2008, two American entrepreneurs left a tech conference in Paris. As they stood in the street, unable to hail a cab, an idea landed with the falling snow: tap a button, get a ride. Uber was born.
In London in 2018, an Uber trip starts every second. There are 40 million active riders worldwide. The tech giant is valued at $60billion.
But the story of Silicon Valley’s sweetheart is not one of straightforward success. As the company has grown, it has been the subject of multiple scandals, from boardroom sexism, through to workers’ rights and passenger safety.
‘Brilliant Jerks’ is an unauthorised story about Uber. It tells of the company’s past, present, and legacy for workers and users, from three fictionalised perspectives.
Mia, a troubled young mum, drives nights in Manchester. Benji, a drifting graduate, joins the company’s London office. And Travis Kalanick, ex-CEO & former adviser to Trump, tries to figure out where it all went wrong.
Brought to you by multi-award-winning company LIPSINK, written by journalist & playwright Joseph Charlton, and directed by HighTide Associate Artist Rosy Banham.