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Toryboy the Movie (2010)

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Grierson Award Nominated Documentary Feature. Against all the odds, film-maker and Labour voter John Walsh becomes a Conservative Candidate for a seat in a Labour heartland during the ... See full summary »

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Grierson Award Nominated Documentary Feature. Against all the odds, film-maker and Labour voter John Walsh becomes a Conservative Candidate for a seat in a Labour heartland during the British 2010 General Election Campaign. What he uncovers is a place where intimidation and neglect have scarred a town that politics has forgotten. He goes on a quest to find the local absentee Labour Member of Parliament. Using his insights as a candidate and animation techniques, ToryBoy is a political satire that cuts to the heart of the current British anger over politicians who have exploited a system for years. Working with news footage, animation and film from the campaign shot over six months, ToryBoy is a unique insight into the political culture of one of the worlds oldest democracies. Written by Anonymous

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This film contains strong language and scenes of politicians that some viewers may find offensive


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6 May 2011 (UK)  »

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This is the first political feature film to hit cinemas in the UK where the candidate is also the film maker. See more »

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A Time For A Film Making Change
26 October 2013 | by (Middlesbrough, UK) – See all my reviews

I do a bit of work in politics so watched this for a bit of a laugh (not least because it's a comedy). Since then, I've been recommending it to all my NON-political friends - something I try not to do too often - as it's a total eye opener. If you want to know why our country is in such a state, witness the apathy of the voters in Middlesborough. Their MP is a devious, sometimes vicious thug, yet they roll up election after election to vote for him anyway...

Sounds depressing (and to be honest it is a little!), but John blasts through the experience with such warmth, humour and panache that you can't help but laugh at the ridiculousness of it all. It's also nice to hear from someone who's made the jump from Labour to Tory. Anyway, he totally deserves to be elected sometime soon, and you should totally watch this. This film is provides an important insight into how things do not always turn out as people hope or expect. Middlesbrough, a Labour stronghold for decades, turns out to have been let down by the Party and its MP, yet does not have it within itself to break from the past and see if a brighter future can be found elsewhere.


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