New Trailer: General Hercules

John ‘General Hercules’ Katahanas.

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A new trailer has been released for Brodie Poole’s masterful new documentary, General Hercules.

For millennia the remote arid deserts of Western Australia lay undisturbed. On the 14th of June 1893 European prospectors discovered ‘The Golden Mile’ on what was the traditional lands of the local Indigenous people.

In little over a hundred years a natural landscape has transformed into the industrial hellscape of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. As the incumbent Mayor of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, John Bowler, starts his campaign for a second term, independent prospector John ‘General Hercules’ Katahanas, decides to run against him on a ticket of anti-corruption.

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What starts out as a quirky David v 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.

General Hercules is directed by Brodie Poole, written by Matthew Bate, Joe McLaren and Brodie Poole and produced by Brodie Poole, Lav Bodnaruk, Matthew Bate, Michael Mier, Ruby Schmidt

General Hercules is screening at the Melbourne International Film Festival from August 17. Details here. The film will also screen at CinefestOZ from August 25. Details here.

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