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"Is our democracy for sale?"
By Madman Films, Big Deal is the latest documentary film from the filmmaker / writer / comedian Craig Reucassel. Described as a "powerful, provocative documentary about how much money has infiltrated politics in Australia," Big Deal follows an Australian actor, writer, director, video blogger named Christiaan Van Vuuren, who bluntly confronts the dilemma of politics being influenced by money.
Motivated by a concern that Australia might be following the USA down a path of divided politics, Van Vuuren heads to Canberra to find out just how much influence donations have on our politics. The answer is worse than he expected, and the more he digs, the swampier the ground becomes. A string of interviews with journalists, experts, lobbyists, and former politicians rapidly paints a bleak picture of a system hurtling down a path to disaster, with shadowy corporations, the gun lobby and Clive Palmer happy to push it along.
Big Deal is a wake-up call about the frightening extent to which money has infiltrated politics. Christiaan Van Vuuren’s unlikely journey shows us why we should care, and how we might be able work together to ensure our democracy is safeguarded from being sold to the highest bidder.
You can view the trailer here | 145 mins | Rated M (Coarse language)
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