Decrypted The First Bitcoin Comedy

The First Bitcoin Comedy

On November 1st, 2021, the first-ever comedy centered around Bitcoin debuted in the UK. DECRYPTED is the first to poke around at cryptocurrency and the world’s opinion of it. With any luck, it could even help to push up the cryptocurrency market.

The film features an all-star cast with Sophia Myles (Transformers: Age of Extinction, A Discovery of Witches), David Hoflin (Z: The Beginning of Everything, Bosch), Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean, Designated Survivor), Clive Francs (The Crown, A Clockwork Orange), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, MrSelfridge), Don Gilet (The Stranger, The Loch), Talisa Garcia (Baptiste, The Girlfriend Experience), Akie Kotabe(The Man in the High Castle, Jason Bourne), and Sophie Barker (The Holly Kane Experiment, Caged).

The story follows a diverse and poorly paired NSA squad team that kidnaps Satoshi Nakamoto (Akie Kotabe), the creator of Bitcoin. A highly dysfunctional team made up of a crypto-anarchist, a racist Brexit-supporter, an all-inclusive MI5 agent, a feminist technical adviser, a transgender asylum seeker, and a homophobic field agent attempt to extract the information they need to destroy cryptocurrencies.

As the operation goes more and more awry, the NSA team increasingly argues amongst itself as Satoshi Nakamoto is less than cooperative. The film has a campy sense of direction that helps to make the dark comedy hit harder.

The film is the fifth to come from a father-son writing-director duo, Mick Sands and Tom Sands, along with their producer Phil Harris. The team has previously been nominated for Best Comedy at the National Film Awards 2020. They hope that the crypto-community will get behind their campy dark-comedy because it “champions cryptocurrency, and promotes honesty and transparency” according to the film’s producer, Phil Harris.


DECRYPTED is a fun-filled comedic performance that makes light of common espionage tactics and promotes cryptocurrency, mainly Bitcoin. The father-son writing team stated that they used the concepts around Blockchain technology as representations of character qualities like honesty and transparency. Mick Sands said, “The idea that the US government is very interested in controlling, if not destroying, Bitcoin … seemed new and exciting.”


DECRYPTED was shot in London and South East England. However, it was forced to put a stop to production due to the pandemic restrictions in March of 2020 with only 70% of the movie filmed. The crew was forced to squeeze in as much work as possible in September as soon as they were allowed. Luckily, they were able to get the last of it filmed before the second round of lockdowns.

If you’d like to get a look at the trailer

If the trailer piqued your interest, you can find the film on Prime Video, Apple TV, Sky Store, Google Play, and the Microsoft Store. Or you just go to this website:

The team behind the movie is called Substantial FilmsSubstantial Films has produced five films shown in over 20 countries and prestigious film festivals.

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