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June 19, 2008

I see Henry Fonda as Don Brash, Sidney Greenstreet as Brownlee

Filed under: movies,Politics — danylmc @ 10:22 pm
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I went to the launch of the film festival guide last night – my last outing in Wellington before my flight in a few hours time. The festival line-up is as impressive as ever, but of particular attention to the blogosphere might be the Hollow Men documentary, based on the book by Nicky Hagar.

The movie is made by Alister Barry, a film-maker who has devoted his career to criticing the new right reforms of the 80’s and 90’s. He is interviewed by Scoop’s Kevin List here. Clearly the film is not going to be terribly impartial.

Hagars book is the most important and interesting treatment of New Zealand politics around. The play was awful though – really really awful – and the film could go either way. The National Party will be particularly unhappy about the inevitable juxtpostition of the emails with speeches and press conferences made by Brash and current leader John Key.

In the mean time this film almost certainly recieved government funding – and will be overwhelmingly anti-National. Maybe the right-wing blogosphere could try and have it classified as election advertising?


  1. Did Helen Clark feature at all?

    I always thought Anjelica Houston might make a nice Dear Leader.

    It must be from playing Morticia in the Adams Family.

    Comment by Fairfacts Media — June 20, 2008 @ 9:31 am

  2. really really awful

    De gustibus non est disputandum.

    Comment by lyndon — June 20, 2008 @ 10:00 am

  3. Lyndon – I couldn’t get past:

    1. The depiction of Brash as some sort of bumbling upper class twit instead of a very intelligent (and rather dangerous) ideologue.

    2. The editorialising, particularly towards the end of the play that more-or-less urged the audience to vote Labour, which is not really appropriate in any play especially not one thats been funded by the government.

    Comment by Danyl — June 21, 2008 @ 8:39 am

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