UGH politics amirite? No no – seriously, politics are important and I’d be telling you all to remember to vote if we hadn’t had our election several weeks back. However, I wouldn’t blame you lovely readers for being a little bit disenchanted with the state of international politics at the moment.
But now isn’t the time for that – let’s talk documentaries instead!
At a time when politics around the globe has never been more entertaining – nor more alarming (looking at you, America) – ACMI brings the political documentary Weiner to the big screen. With both Melbourne International Film Festival screenings already sold out, the critically acclaimed stranger-than-fiction tale of political fodder and contemporary morality shows exclusively at ACMI from Thursday 1 September 2016.
This is one doco we won’t be missing.
The documentary follows Anthony Weiner, a Democratic Congressman who was on the rise before a sexting scandal forced his humiliating resignation. Two years later, Weiner ran for New York City Mayor, betting that his democratic ideas would trump (heyooo) his indiscretions. With unprecedented access, Weiner takes us inside this fascinating political comeback-turned-meltdown.
“Weiner stands tall in this eruptive portrayal of a ‘dick pic’ overshadowing the most valiant political efforts,” said ACMI Senior Film Programmer Kristy Matheson. “Bending over backwards to compensate, Weiner is a fascinating study of a political character, and one that will captivate anyone who owns a mobile phone, uses the internet and has ever been drawn in by titillating clickbait.”
Dubbed “fast, funny, insightful and outrageous” by Vanity Fair, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary begins with Weiner trying to rebuild his political career. A native New Yorker and a passionate advocate for the city, Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin (who is a long term Hillary Clinton staffer and currently vice-chair of her 2016 presidential campaign) decide that their time is now.
What begins as an unexpected surge to the top of the polls takes a sharp turn once Weiner is forced to admit to new sexting allegations. As the media descends and dissects his every move, Weiner desperately tries to forge ahead, but the increasing pressure and crippling 24-hour news coverage halt his political aspirations.
Weiner walks the line between political farce and personal tragedy.
With New York City as a loud and bustling backdrop, this documentary charges through an increasingly baffling political campaign with unflinching clarity, humour, and pathos.
Winner of the Best Documentary prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Weiner has enjoyed rapturous reception across the United States, with 95% critical approval on Rotten Tomatoes (let’s just hope the site hasn’t been defeated by the hardcore Suicide Squad fans before this article goes up) and an eight out of ten score on IMDB.
Make sure to go and check this out when it hits the ACMI screens on the 1st of September. In the meantime I’m sure the trailer will tide you over https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ4FIGnJknk
For session times, tickets, and information visit: acmi.net.au/weiner