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Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins (12A)

25 October

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Media firebrand Molly Ivins was often compared to Mark Twain. Ivins was six feet of Texas trouble who attacked corruption wherever she found it. Best-selling author, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, popular TV pundit, Molly had a nation of fans and frenemies. She courageously spoke truth to power and it cost her more than once. But Molly always served up her quality reportage with a big dollop of humour. Her razor-sharp wit won fans of all political parties and at the height of her popularity, 400 newspapers carried her column. As the New York Times stated, ‘For Molly Ivins, writing was fighting.’

This new documentary captures the essence of this iconic political columnist. She railed against big business in government, believed the USA’s Bill of Rights was in peril and appears to have anticipated the current state of American politics, claiming: ‘Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country.’

Molly spoke from the heart, she was not a cynic and she gave voice to people who didn’t have one. She called her constituents her ‘beloveds’ and she never stopped raising hell. When she died of breast cancer in 2007, the USA lost a true champion and a woman who seemed to be afraid of nothing.

‘Smart and entertaining, just like its subject.’ - The Hollywood Reporter

The showings on Friday 23 (20.10) and Sunday 25 October (19.15) will feature a recorded introduction from director Janice Engle and producer Carlisle Vandervoort.

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  • Director Janice Engel
  • Country USA
  • Year of Production 2019
  • Running Time 1h31m
  • Certificate 12A
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