Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director


USA, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Documentaries)

Director: Donovan Leitch, Rebecca Chaiklin

The Party's Over USA

Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Love Liza, MIFF 2003; Happiness) reports from the frontlines of the 'stolen' US election of 2000. With 'Dubya' fronting the voters again in November, this outstanding documentary is a timely reminder of the people and policies (sane and otherwise) driving the sole remaining global superpower. It includes incisive comments by Michael Moore, Michael Franti, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Eddie Vedder, Willie Nelson and Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland.

'Hoffman's perfect in his role as our tour guide. Many of the film's most priceless moments, in fact, come from the look of utter incredulity on his face as he reacts to a particularly horrific comment from some dim-witted politician. [It] provides an amazingly candid and insightful look at the contemporary American political process' [which is] precisely what makes this such a powerful, disturbing, and blackly comic documentary. The film unflinchingly shows just how badly democracy got raped in the Florida debacle. Screamingly relevant to America. With plenty to tick off or scare the bejeezus out of just about everyone.' -Film Threat

D Donovan Leitch, Rebecca Chaiklin P Stanley E Buchtal, Donovan Leitch, Rebecca Chaiklin WS c/o Madman Cinema TD 35mm/Col/2001/90mins

Donovan Leitch was born in the UK in 1968. Films: The Party's Over (MIFF 2004).

Rebecca Chaiklin's films: The Party's Over (MIFF 2004).

See also...


Spain, 2004
Basque Ball, Skin Against Stone (La Pelota Vasca, la Piel Contra la Piedra) Spain 'This film aims to be an invitation to discussion. This film has been conceived with respect towards all opinions. Th… More »


Austria, 2004
Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (Im Toten Winkel: Hitlers Sekretärin)Austria'I have finally let go of my story. Now I feel the world is letting go of me.'Traudl Junge, Hitler's secretaryAfter keepi… More »


USA, 2004
Born Into Brothels USABritish photographer Zana Briski ventured into Calcutta's red-light district on assignment and wound up working there for two years, appalled by the plight of the children of se… More »


USA, 2004
Bright Leaves USA'Idiosyncratic, funny and genuine, Bright Leaves is a little gem.' -screen International Ross McElwee is best known for his 1986 documentary, Sherman's March, which inaugurated its o… More »


USA, 2004
Bukowski: Born Into This USA'Here's a movie that requires you to tie one on after, if not during the screening. Bukowski: Born Into This presents just about everything you want to know about the lege… More »

© Melbourne International Film Festival 2013.

Site by MeccaMedialight. Powered by Textstem CMS.