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General Hercules

Directed by Brodie Poole
2021
Australia
97 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Against the backdrop of the mayoral elections in gold-rich Kalgoorlie-Boulder unravels a portrait of a man, a town and a country sent mad by exploitation, racism and greed.
In June 1893, European prospectors unlawfully took claim to ‘The Golden Mile’ on Aboriginal land. In little over a hundred years the natural landscape has been transformed into the industrial hellscape of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. As incumbent Mayor John Bowler starts to campaign for a second term, independent prospector John ‘General Hercules’ Katahanas decides to run against him on an anti-corruption ticket. What starts out as a quirky David-vs-Goliath political battle, unravels into a portrait of a man, a town and a country sent mad by the timeless cycles of exploitation, racism and greed.

Special Guests

Brodie Poole
Director
Brodie Poole's short documentary The Flight of the Buffalo screened at SFF 2015. In 2018, he directed the ABC series Mirror and the Guardian documentary Where the River Runs.
Ruby Schmidt
Producer
Ruby Schmidt is a screen practitioner and producer whose credits include the NITV/FranceTV series Elements (2018), the MIFF/Netflix feature documentary Iron Fists and Kung-Fu Kicks (2019) and the documentary Brock: Over the Top. Ruby is the founder of Toy Shop Entertainment and produced Belonging for Screen Australia and Ten Play.

Tickets

Sun 12 Jun
6:30pm
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Past Event Cancel
Mon 13 Jun
6:45pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Documentary Australia Award
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Australia
Language
In English
Director
Brodie Poole
Producer
Ruby Schmidt
Screenwriter
Brodie Poole, Matthew Bate
Cinematographer
Brodie Poole, Jaydon Martin, Joe McLaren
Editor
Annika Damon, Nina Pavlovic, Brodie Poole
Premiere
World Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Environmental, Australian Films, World Premieres, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Production Company: Toy Shop Entertainment
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