In 1996 Tony Sutorius got his hands on a new digital video camera, days before an election campaign began in Wellington Central. Made on a 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.
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
Made with the financial support of the Willi Fels Trust
Opening track 'Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps' performed by Cake.
Closing track 'We Don't Konw How Lucky We Are' by Fred Dagg (John Clarke)