The investigation also revealed close links to the UK parliament and organised crime. For example, over £10 million of cash from the sale of the gold stolen in the 1983 Brink’s-Mat robbery was laundered, first unwittingly and later with the complicity of Mossack Fonseca, through a Panamanian company, Feberion Inc.
To date, it is estimated that $1.2billlion has been recovered, with the UK alone yielding $253million.
In reality, the whistleblower who leaked the documents has remained anonymous, but the movie follows Streep’s character doggedly pursuing an illegal insurance policy and uncovering a global conspiracy.
The movie is adapted from the book Secrecy World by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Jake Bernstein.
This is one of Netflix most high-profile and prestige projects of the past few years with early talk it will be a contender in the upcoming 2020 awards season.
The extraordinary cast is rounded out by the likes of Jeffrey Wright, David Schwimmer, Nonso Anozie, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Cromwell and Sharon Stone.
THE LAUNDROMAT will launch in select UK cinemas on 27th September and on Netflix 18th October