Rats in the Ranks

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Rats in the Ranks
Directed byRobin Anderson
Bob Connolly
Produced byRobin Anderson
Bob Connolly
Chris Oliver (Executive Producer)
Written byRobin Anderson
Bob Connolly
StarringLarry Hand
Nick Origlass
Kate Butler
Kath Hacking
CinematographyBob Connolly
Arundel Productions, Film Australia
Release date
5 September 1996 (AUS)
Running time
93 min.

Rats in the Ranks is an Australian documentary film released in 1996.

The film detailed the last weeks of the 1994 Leichhardt Council Mayoral elections.

The filmmakers, Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson (later known for Facing the Music and other projects, but already well known) were allowed access to the innermost meetings of participants including the serving mayor Larry Hand and his Labor Party opponents. Larry Hand's exposure to a wider audience spawned the character Col Dunkley in the successful Australian TV series Grass Roots, and Rats in the Ranks is regarded as a classic in its portrayal of local politics in Australia.


Rats in the Ranks has screened at more than forty film festivals and has won multiple awards, including the Silver Plaque for Social/Political Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival in 1996, the 1996 Critics Choice Award for Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival,[1] and the Logie Award for most outstanding documentary series/program in 1998.

Box office[edit]

Rats in the Ranks grossed $200,000 at the box office in Australia.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rats in the Ranks. The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Retrieved on 17 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Australian Films at the Australian Box Office" (pdf). Film Victoria. 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2012.

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