In work that ranges from Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam to music biopics Kurt and Courtney and Biggie & Tupac, Nick Broomfield has carved out a niche for himself as the British Michael Moore, offering documentaries that heavily feature the filmmaker in shot, and a conspiracy theory of some sort at the core of the story. While Moore tackles big subjects such as health care and guns, Broomfield focuses more on individual subjects, with his two films about serial killer Aileen Wuornos - The Selling of a Serial Killer and follow up Life and Death of a Serial Killer - serving as source material for Monster which won Charlize Theron an Oscar. Unlike Moore, Broomfield’s films rarely take in much money at the box office, instead finding wide exposure through Channel 4’s Dispatches series.
Scout London hopes that Broomfield’s box office luck could be turning, with his exposé on everyone’s favourite gun-toting soccer mum coming to one of London’s best cinemas.
Sarah Palin: You Betcha! screens at the Hackney Picturehouse tomorrow evening, with an exclusive Q&A session with Nick Broomfield following the film. Broomfield heads to Wasilla, Alaska in pursuit of Sarah Palin, interviewing her family and friends for a decidedly unauthorised perspective on this growing force in American politics.
In much the same vein as his previous films about controversial political figures, namely Eugene Terreblanche and Margaret Thatcher, Broomfield paints a portrait of the woman who came scarily close to White House power. Whilst visiting her hometown where she has held both the offices of beauty queen and mayor, he speaks to family, supporters and former aides to unveil the woman behind the campaign.
While Broomfild doesn’t interview the most famous American vice presidential candidate in recent memory, he does get close to his source, even scoring a conversation with Palin’s mother and father along with church leaders and ex-colleagues.
Sarah Palin: You Betcha! + Q&A with Nick Broomfield
Tuesday 13 December
270 Mare Street
London E8 1HE
Overground: Hackney Central
£10 plus booking fee