Skip to main content


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...


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 ... More »


The Yes Men USA'sundance 2004 has given us two more brilliantly subversive films: Super Size Me and The Yes Men.' -The Hollywood Reporter Meet Andy and Mike, two of the anti-corporate ... More »

twist of faith

"Oscar-nominated [Twist of Faith] puts a face to the media stories about allegations of sex abuse by Catholic priests. The face belongs to Tony Comes, a firefighter of Toledo, Ohio. The film reveals ... More »


A gay Republican may well be the definition of an American oxymoron. In 2004, President Bush's opposition to gay marriage was writ large in his support for a Constitutional amendment that would ... More »


An Injury to One USA Butte, Montana is considered the most toxic city in the United States, the legacy of copper mining that took US$25 billion out of the ground and left more than 10,000 workers ... More »


Guerilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst USA ,/i>'Death to the Fascist insect that preys on the life of the people!' With that incendiary battle cry, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) declared war on ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director