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Campaign Film (Full Length) – 1999 News/Current Affairs Documentary

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In 1996 Tony Sutorius got his hands on a new digital video camera, days before the start of an election campaign in Wellington Central. Made on the proverbial shoestring, this feature-length documentary chronicles five of those battling for the crown as a new political age  — MMP — dawns. Richard Prebble joins a new party called Act, the National candidate joins United New Zealand… and one of the five will be sacrificed by their own party. Sutorius sat through 55 hours of footage to forge the result, which won enthused, sellout audiences at the 1999 NZ Film Festival.

Key Cast & Crew

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Andrew Mortimer

Editor

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Mark Derby

Co-Producer

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Tony Sutorius

Sound, Camera, Producer, Director

Fascinating is the refreshing candour of the candidates, particularly those who suspect they won't make it; so different from the guarded politicking of those hardened by their experience in the spotlight, and reluctant ever to leave it.
– Jonathan King on Campaign, in the 1999 Wellington Film Festival programme