Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Troubled Western 'Jane Got a Gun' Rescued as Relativity Files for Bankruptcy (Updated) Troubled Western 'Jane Got a Gun' Rescued as Relativity Files for Bankruptcy (Updated) 'The Witch' Won't Open Until 2016, But Its Sundance-Winning Director Has a New Film 'The Witch' Won't Open Until 2016, But Its Sundance-Winning Director Has a New Film Showtime Chief on David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Revival: "It's His Show" Showtime Chief on David Lynch's 'Twin Peaks' Revival: "It's His Show" Toronto Film Festival Lineup: What Did They Get? Toronto Film Festival Lineup: What Did They Get? Discover the Brothers Quay, Identical Twin Animators Who Inspired Christopher Nolan Discover the Brothers Quay, Identical Twin Animators Who Inspired Christopher Nolan Richard Linklater's Untitled New Film Pushed to 2016, Might Direct Jennifer Lawrence Movie Richard Linklater's Untitled New Film Pushed to 2016, Might Direct Jennifer Lawrence Movie Jill Soloway Says "There Is an All Out-Attack" on Female Filmmakers Jill Soloway Says "There Is an All Out-Attack" on Female Filmmakers 'Steve Jobs' Joins Fall Festival Contenders as NYFF Centerpiece Gala: What's Coming Up and What's Not (UPDATED) 'Steve Jobs' Joins Fall Festival Contenders as NYFF Centerpiece Gala: What's Coming Up and What's Not (UPDATED) Arthouse Audit: Is 'Phoenix' This Year's 'Ida'? 'Mr. Holmes' Stays Strong Arthouse Audit: Is 'Phoenix' This Year's 'Ida'? 'Mr. Holmes' Stays Strong Friday Box Office: Sandler's 'Pixels' Gets Mixed Response, 'Paper Towns,' 'Southpaw' Not Far Behind Friday Box Office: Sandler's 'Pixels' Gets Mixed Response, 'Paper Towns,' 'Southpaw' Not Far Behind Scott Foundas Explains Why He's Leaving Film Criticism--Again--for Amazon Studios Scott Foundas Explains Why He's Leaving Film Criticism--Again--for Amazon Studios Congrats to Monica Bellucci: She's Making History Congrats to Monica Bellucci: She's Making History Broad Green Dates 'Knight of Cups' and Two More Releases Broad Green Dates 'Knight of Cups' and Two More Releases Watch: The Secret Ingredient to David Lynch's Disorienting Cinema Watch: The Secret Ingredient to David Lynch's Disorienting Cinema First Look: 'No' Director Pablo Larraín Channels 'Neruda' with Gael García Bernal First Look: 'No' Director Pablo Larraín Channels 'Neruda' with Gael García Bernal Is 'The Revenant' the Most Hellish Shoot of All Time? Is 'The Revenant' the Most Hellish Shoot of All Time? Gabriel García Márquez Documentary Coming Soon (Trailer) Gabriel García Márquez Documentary Coming Soon (Trailer) Why I Can't Wait to See 'Crimson Peak,' Guillermo del Toro's Sumptuous Period Thriller (VIDEO) Why I Can't Wait to See 'Crimson Peak,' Guillermo del Toro's Sumptuous Period Thriller (VIDEO) Why Kevin Costner Paid for 'Black or White' (New Trailer, Sneak Preview Q & A) Why Kevin Costner Paid for 'Black or White' (New Trailer, Sneak Preview Q & A) Gabriel García Márquez and Akira Kurosawa Talk Film, Writing and 'Rhapsody in August' in 1991 Gabriel García Márquez and Akira Kurosawa Talk Film, Writing and 'Rhapsody in August' in 1991

Broomfield's Sarah Palin Expose You Betcha! Goes to Content Film, Toronto

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 3, 2011 at 9:22AM

Going on a quest for the "real" Sarah Palin sounds like setting out in pursuit of the Holy Grail—it's something that's guaranteed to be hard to find, if it exists at all. But Brit documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield tried to do just that in his drolly titled Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, which Content Film will release after its world premiere in September at the Toronto Film Festival. Content will have international rights for the film, while Cassian Elwes will release the film in the US.
2
Thompson on Hollywood

Going on a quest for the "real" Sarah Palin sounds like setting out in pursuit of the Holy Grail—it's something that's guaranteed to be hard to find, if it exists at all. But Brit documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield tried to do just that in his drolly titled Sarah Palin: You Betcha!, which Content Film will release after its world premiere in September at the Toronto Film Festival. Content will have international rights for the film, while Cassian Elwes will release the film in the US.

Doc vet Broomfield, who directed the documentary Kurt and Courtney as well as the quasi-improvisational Battle for Haditha, set out across Alaska in search of Palin's family, high school buddies and Republican colleagues. You Betcha! comes on the heels of another Palin doc, The Undefeated, which opened in mid-July. There's no need to look further than the two films' names to deduce their distinct takes on the Mama Grizzly. Broomfield's pic is critical of the former Alaskan governor, including interviews with former Palin colleagues that describe her proclivity for texting on her Blackberry during staff meetings. (Trailer is below.)

Thompson on Hollywood

The Undefeated, on the other hand, is a sort of political love letter. Although Palin was not technically involved in the pic's production, she gave the film her blessing, and appeared in person at its premiere in Pella, Iowa--an essential state for any possible Republican presidential candidate.

The documentary was directed by Stephen Bannon, who also brought us the 2010 Tea Party film Generation Zero, a Citizens United production pegging the blame for the financial crisis on the generation that grew up in the 1960s.

The Undefeated was universally panned by critics, achieving a remarkable 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. New York Magainze's David Edelstein went so far as to call it "a straight hagiography."

The film prompted a mini-controversy amongst box office pundits after the website Conservatives4Palin ran an article titled "The Undefeated Has the Second Highest Gross Per Theater Average for Movies This Weekend." Not only was that headline unnecessarily loquacious, it turns out it was also untrue. The Undefeated was in fact number four for that weekend. Still, it's worth noting that the film performed strongly in its initial release in 10 (predominantly conservative) cities and towns across the country.

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Independents, Video, Politics, Toronto, Documentaries, Trailers


E-Mail Updates








Thompson on Hollywood

Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.