More than 250 staff and students from the College of Business recently attended a special pre-screening of the Wolf of Wall Street.
The film, directed by Martin Scorsese, stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, an American motivational speaker and former stockbroker.
Mr Belfort was convicted of fraud crimes related to stock market manipulation and running a penny stock boiler room for which he spent 22 months in prison
The film is based on Mr Belfort's best-selling memoir of the same name.
Prior to the screening, commencing postgraduate students, current students and academic staff were given the opportunity to network over drinks and canapés.
Once inside the cinema, Professor Aaron Smith, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Industry Engagement, welcomed guests and introduced the film.
He acknowledged that the film has been accused of glamourising Mr Belfort’s activities and depicting a “How to“ manual for corrupt business practices.
“While we should not condone his behaviour we cannot simply avert our eyes,“ Professor Smith said.
“As an audience you are quite capable of seeing beyond the glitter to the very real and tragic implications of the story and the very real and difficult challenges they illuminate for those who seek to lead in business.
“As RMIT students you will have ample opportunity to exercise that reflective capacity as you complete your postgraduate studies.“