The Hollow Men
Duration: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Extras: 20 minute interview with Nicky Hagar
Director: Alistair Barry
The inside story of a National Party election campaign
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 the investigative journalist, Nicky Hagar's book The Hollow Men.
Award-winning documentary maker Alister Barry 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 intend 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 plays the race card, the immigration card, the tax cut card and 'dog whistle' politics, in an attempt influence so-called 'soft voters'.
Based on thousands of confidential emails, reports and memos written by Brash and his closest advisors, The Hollow Men is an exordinary story of unprincipled and anti-democratic politics.
"The greatest scandal of my career." John Campbell, TV3
"Whatever your political leanings, this makes for essential viewing." Bill Grosden, NZIFF