Rats in the Ranks
|Rats in the Ranks|
|Directed by||Robin Anderson
|Produced by||Robin Anderson
Chris Oliver (Executive Producer)
|Written by||Robin Anderson
Arundel Productions, Film Australia
|5 September 1996 (AUS)|
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, and the Logie Award for most outstanding documentary series/program in 1998.
Rats in the Ranks grossed $200,000 at the box office in Australia.
- Rats in the Ranks (1996)
- Rats in the Ranks on IMDb
- Online Stream of the Full Film dead link, Nov-2014
- DVD on sale at Australian Film and Sound Archive, Nov-2014
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