Rats In the Ranks


1h 38m 1996

Brief Synopsis

Every September the Leichhardt Council elects its mayor. Incumbent Larry Hand is popular with the general public, but they don't vote for the mayor -- the twelve councillors do -- and after three years of Larry some of them are after his job. Granted extraordinary access to the councillors' public a

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Synopsis

Every September the Leichhardt Council elects its mayor. Incumbent Larry Hand is popular with the general public, but they don't vote for the mayor -- the twelve councillors do -- and after three years of Larry some of them are after his job. Granted extraordinary access to the councillors' public and private lives, the filmmakers follow "His Worship" in his Machiavellian schemes to retain power and several equally committed pretenders to the throne as they engage in violent arguments, walkouts, backstabbing, and double-crossing in the hopes of gaining enough votes to win. Policy discussions are nowhere to be found here; to the exclusion of seemingly everything else, the councillors are interested only in the often personal -- and often hilarious -- business of getting elected.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States June 1996

Released in United States October 1996

Released in United States Winter February 26, 1997

Shown at Sydney Film Festival June 7-22, 1996.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 4-20, 1996.

Released in United States Winter February 26, 1997

Released in United States June 1996 (Shown at Sydney Film Festival June 7-22, 1996.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 4-20, 1996.)