There will be a screening of The Hollow Men on Thursday, 16 October at
5pm in S1.02. The film will be followed by a panel discussion (with
Deb Hill, Dan Zirker, and Alister Barry (director)), wine and cheese,
and an opportunity to meet MPs and candidates.
About the Film
Bill Gosden (Director of the New Zealand International Film Festival):
The 'stolen' insider emails that informed Nicky Hager's best-selling
account of National's 2005 election campaign return in Alister Barry's
(Someone Else's Country) new film - just in time to caution us against
campaigning politicians in 2008. Addressing each other like schoolboy
Machiavellis, party leader Don Brash and his advisors spelled out how
they'd copy the big boys in Australia and the US in order to win the
votes of people who'd never support the kind of policies such men are
widely presumed to represent. The dividing and conquering began at
Orewa. Barry strings the emailed stage directions through a chronology
of public performances as Brash appears nightly on television,
dispensing disharmony while espousing honesty, fair play and
integrity. There can be fewer more telling images of the spiritual
bankruptcy of mid-00s politics than Barry's footage of the man who
intends to be PM evading jounalists' basic questions about his
intentions with the dogged, on-message politeness of a Mumbai call
centre help desk.
Whatever your political leanings this makes for essential viewing.
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