Thursday 18 July 2019

The Brink review: Documentary about Stephen Bannon is 'utterly compelling and slightly maddening'

4 stars

Stephen Bannon in The Brink
Stephen Bannon in The Brink

Tanya Sweeney

Depending on whom you ask, former Breitbart editor and Trump advisor Stephen Bannon is a sloganeering political trickster, or the malevolent genius that masterminded, or at least facilitated, the rise of the global far-right.

Director Alison Klayman follows Bannon for 15 months from his White House departure to the US midterms in 2018.

As Bannon attempts to make friends and influence people (read: populist politicians) across Europe, director Klayman gets breathtaking access to the meetings, the moments of solitude, the backstory, the media workings, and the many, many instances of machismo showboating.

Utterly compelling and slightly maddening, whatever your political leaning might be.

(15, Dogwoof, 91 Mins)

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