ADVENTURES IN BUSINESSLAND : A STORY OF DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION

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ADVENTURES IN BUSINESSLAND: A STORY OF DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION
MR NATIE KIRSH

Narrated by Richard E. Grant, ‘Adventures in Businessland’ provides a unique insight into how one creates powerful business interests from radical ideas; the best way to tackle risk; how to respond to failure and why real success is impossible without a commitment to integrity and philanthropy.

The film will be followed by a short talk and Q&A with Mr Natie Kirsh
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How does a small town boy from rural South Africa become one of the most successful businessmen on the planet? In their feature documentary Adventures in Businessland, filmmakers Paul Goldin (20,000 Days on Earth) and Lance Gewer (Tsotsi) spent two years unravelling the puzzle of one of the world’s most entrepreneurial and unpredictable businessmen: Natie Kirsh. With exclusive access to his inner circle, and contributions from businessmen and politicians such as FW De Klerk, the result is part business lesson, part life lesson.

Aged 26, armed only with a business degree from the University of Witswatersrand and the proceeds of a £1,200 insurance policy inherited from his late father, Natie Kirsh drove across the Swazi border in pursuit of a hunch. Ten years later he was the biggest businessman in Swaziland and interacting with the World Bank to develop Swaziland infrastructure. Twenty years later, he controlled the third largest industrial conglomerate in South Africa. On the way he had changed the way black traders were able to do business under Apartheid. Then in the wake of PW Botha’s “Crossing the Rubicon” speech, catastrophe struck and Natie lost almost everything - overnight. South Africa's Financial Mail dubbed him: “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and splashed him across their front cover as Icarus crashing spectacularly to ruin.

When most people would have simply quit, Natie decided to start again, literally from scratch - moving to America and to a fledgling start-up he had initiated in the boroughs of New York some years earlier. The rest is history. Today, in his eighties, Natie Kirsh owns one of the biggest and best privately held businesses in North America. He has a real estate portfolio spanning five continents. He manufactures in South America and Asia. He produces technology in India. And in Israel he is investing in life-changing medical inventions. In a nutshell, he pulled off arguably the most spectacular comeback in corporate history and once again appeared on the front cover of the Financial Mail, this time with a very different cover story.

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