Real to Reel: Weiner

BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmReal to Reel: Weiner

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Certificate15
Year2016
GenreDocumentary
DirectorJosh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time1HR 36MINS
SeasonMain Programme

In this critically acclaimed fly-on-the-wall documentary we get an in-depth and fascinating look at contemporary politics, where sociological themes of emotion, scandal, performance, and mediatisation all come together as one political career falls apart.

With unprecedented access to Anthony Weiner, his family, and his campaign team as they mount his 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, the film documents the impending political meltdown of epic proportions. Weiner deftly teeters the line between political farce and personal tragedy, exposing the ex-congressman’s hubris while highlighting the sheer ugliness of the media’s takedown of his family. 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.

The screening will be followed by a short talk by Dr Jonathan G. Heaney, Lecturer in Sociology, Queen’s University.

Real to Reel: Film and Social Life is a new monthly sociological cinema series presented in collaboration with the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University.