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Rats in the Ranks

Politics is a brutal business, as recent events make clear. It’s all about the numbers.

Rats in the Ranks is a classic Australian documentary from 1996 that gives behind-closed-doors look at how politicians play the numbers game – at local council level, at least.

Larry Hand, the incumbent mayor of Leichhardt is seeking re-election. He is popular with the electorate, but that won’t help him since the position of mayor is elected by the 12 councillors – and some of them want the top job. Who will win?

Showing the scheming and plotting, the twisted arms and called in favours, and the doublecrossings and media leaks that take place in the lead up to the election, Rats in the Ranks is a fascinating portrait of how politics really works.

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