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Rats in the Ranks

1996
Documentary
1h 34m
Politics is a bruising business. The best policies in the world mean nothing unless you've got the numbers. This film takes a behind-locked-doors look at how politicians get the numbers. Every September Sydney's Leichhardt Council elects its mayor. Incumbent Larry Hand was popular with the citizenry, but they don't vote for Mayor -- the 12 councillors do -- and after three years of Larry, some of them are after his job. (nfsa.gov.au)
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Rats in the Ranks

1996
Documentary
1h 34m
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Rated 24 May 2015
93
99th
Riveting and darkly comic examination of council politics, with many pithy visual juxtapositions by the camera crew. I would swear up and down that this was a mockumentary, if I didn't know for a fact that it was real. It's amazing how amateurish Hand's opponents seem next to him; the man presents himself as an immensely gifted small-scale politician, and I don't mean that in a good way.
Rated 10 Jun 2008
85
92nd
Haven't seen it for ages, but everything about this film is great, from the fake niceness of the ALP Left types, to the background role of the unmanipulable, unbuyable Orogood, to the 'intervention' of the ALP Left parliamentarian, to the planning of the protagonist and how pleased he looks when he gets to put on the robe again, to the final, eponymous comment of the screwed-over ALP Right guys. A wonderful film and almost entirely in accord with my own experiences of those worlds.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
95th
Larry Hand is one of the great characters of cinema. So many great scenes. 2022 update: It is worth noting that the ALP figure who comes up with the "solution" but prefers to remain off camera was not at that time a member of the parliament of Australia but is today (since March 2022) its prime minister.
Rated 05 Feb 2017
61
64th
The focus on the relatively inconsequential matter of a small-town mayoral election gets to the core of politics, and as dramatic as it is, this may be the most dryly accurate depiction of politics ever produced. Disappointing? Cynical? Comical? How could it be any other way?

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