Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: Disappearing Lords

Magazine article The Spectator

Culture Notes: Disappearing Lords

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'I don't like him looking daft, ' growls A la sta i r Campbel l to the camera a s Bafta-winning documentary filmmaker Mol ly D ineen shadows Tony Bla i r for the 1997 pa r ty elect ion broadcast. The warning is clear.

For ty hou r s o f footage became a mere ten m inutes o f spin, but it 's testament to D ineen's rappor t w ith the member for Sedge f ield that despite it s brev ity the f i lm wa s described by the late New Labour strategist Philip Gould as 'probably our most effective broadcast'.

Twenty-f ive yea r s a f ter her acclaimed debut Home from the Hill, Dineen's collected works now fill three double DVDs. The third volume, just released by the BFI and an excellent Christmas gift for the politically inclined, includes what is humorously referred to as Blair:

The Movie as well as 1999's Geri, which follows former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell during the tabloid madnes s that at tended her spl it from the band, and 2007's brutally un sent imenta l look at the cr i si s in our countryside, Th e L ie o f th e Land . …

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