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Anthony Weiner Documentary Melbourne Hero (1)

Film

Weiner

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Opens 1 Sep

Winner of the Best Documentary prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Weiner is a wonderfully stranger-than-fiction tale of political scandal and contemporary morality. Anthony Weiner was a democratic congressman on the rise when a ‘sexting’ scandal forced a humiliating resignation. Two years later, he ran for New York City mayor, betting that his ideas would trump his indiscretions. With unprecedented access, Weiner takes us inside this fascinating political comeback-turned-meltdown.

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  • Dubbed “fast, funny, insightful and outrageous” by Vanity Fair, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary begins with the disgraced politician trying to rebuild his political career.A native New Yorker and a passionate advocate for the city, Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin (longterm Hillary Clinton staffer and vice-chair of her 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 the city of New York as a loud and bustling backdrop, this documentary charges through an increasingly baffling political campaign with unflinching clarity, humour, and pathos.

    “It's Veep or In The Loop brought to life! But even more absurd and titillating.” National Post