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Riveting political documentary covering Sydney mayoral campaign
20 July 1999 | by (Darwin, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a great documentary covering a mayoral election in suburban Sydney where the incumbant mayor, Larry Hand, is seeking re-election in an internal council election. Larry needs 7 of the 12 Councillors' votes and we watch him attempt every ruse available to gain the support of his fellow councillors. We get a fly on the wall view of political manouvering and backroom machinations as Larry cajoles, flatters and threatens his fellow councillors into voting for him. While there are some instances where people refused to be filmed negotiating with Larry, generally we are present at Larry's side throughout his campaign.

Although we get to see first hand the duplicitous nature of Larry, we still sympathise with him and hope he defeats the evil Labor Party candidate (filmed in a very negative light) and retain his mayoral robes for another term. Rats in the Ranks features twists and turns befitting a thriller and is a great example of realpolitik.

Highly recommendable.


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