The inside story of a National Party election campaign
This new feature length documentary had its World Premiere at the 37th Wellington International Film Festival at 1pm Sunday the 20th July 2008 at the Paramount Cinema.
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How to arrange your own screening of The Hollow Men
This step by step guide shows how you can arrange your own screening of The Hollow Men.
DVD copies of the film will be on sale after the screenings in the cinema foyers for $30 or you can pre-order your DVD copy from email@example.com. We will mail you a copy after the cinema screenings in your centre with an invoice for $30 which you can pay by cheque or direct on-line credit to our bank account.
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Orders can also be made by mail to Community Media Trust,
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(Please note: Institutions, including universities and libraries will be charged $110 per DVD)
2008 Film Festival Programme Notes
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.
Bill Gosden, Director of the New Zealand International Film Festival