Saturday, July 05, 2008

The Hollow Men- Film and DVD launched

The inside story of a National Party election campaign.


"Nicky Hager is quite simply one of the world's best investigative
journalists. We need him. I salute him." John Pilger

"Whatever your political leanings, this makes for essential
viewing." Bill Gosden Director, NZ International Film Festival


The most explosive book in New Zealand political history is now a film.
Don Brash stepped down as leader of the National Party in November 2006,
the day before the release of investigative journalist, Nicky Hager's
book The Hollow Men. Award-winning documentary maker Alistair Barry
(Someone Else's Country, In a Land of Plenty) brings this expose of
behind the scenes politics to life in an all-too-real political
thriller. We watch the Brash team develop and then put into effect their
plans to win the 2005 general election. Once in power they intended to
complete the radical right transformation of New Zealand society - their
'unfinished business' from the 1980s and 1990s. Helped by Australian and
American political strategists, and funded by big business and a tiny
elite of the super rich, the Brash team deftly play the race card, the
immigration card, the tax cut card and 'dog whistle' politics, in an
attempt to influence so-called "soft voters". Based on thousands of
confidential emails, reports and memos written by Brash and his closest
advisers, The Hollow Men is an extraordinary story of unprincipled and
anti-democratic politics.

DVD Special Feature Interview with author Nicky Hager. Duration
20mins

Credits: Director/Producer Alistair Barry
Editor Abi King-Jones
Author and researcher Nicky Hager
Principal photography Shane Loader, Errol Wright
Consultant Ian Johnstone
Narrator Nick Blake
Music David Long


World Premiere 1pm Sunday 20th July Paramount Cinema, Wellington
Also 1.30pm Tuesday 22nd July Paramount Cinema
Auckland Premiere 6.15pm Thursday 24th July Sky City Cinema
Also 11.45am Friday 25th July Sky City Cinema
Christchurch Premiere 6pm Thursday 7th August Rialto Cinema
Also 11.45am Friday 8th August Rialto Cinema Dunedin
Premiere 1pm Sunday 10th August Regent Theatre

Nicky Hager and Alistair Barry will be introducing these screenings
and discussing the film with audiences in the cinemas after the screenings.

The Hollow Men will be screening at all eighteen Film Festivals
around the country over coming months. Alistair Barry will attend all
screenings.
DVDs will be for sale in the cinema foyers after all screenings for $30

DVDs available from www.thehollowmen.co.nz after the local Film
Festival
screenings.

Produced and distributed by the Community Media Trust
PO Box 3563 Wellington.
Email communitymedia@paradise.net.nz

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