Toronto 2011: Anti-Sarah Palin Doc Maker Finds Tea Party Favorite 'Terrifying' and 'Irrational'
British filmmaker Nick Broomfield on the politician-turned-TV personality's unaccountability: “She’s made herself off limits as she only operates on Facebook and Twitter and doesn’t want to cooperate in interviews other than as an employee of Fox."
TORONTO – Despite the trail of bitter enemies Sarah Palin has left in her wake, British provocateur filmmaker Nick Broomfield sure was keen to befriend the celebrity politician.
“The original intention was to get in touch and hang out with her,” Broomfield (Biggie & Tupac, Kurt & Courtney) said Sunday ahead of the world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival for his latest documentary, Sarah Palin – You Betcha!.
In the end, Broomfield and co-director Joan Churchill got no closer to the Tea Party favorite than requesting an interview at a book-signing, and receiving a broad-grinned “You Betcha!” from Palin.
And with that, the pit-bull doc maker never got any closer again to the Mama Grizzly Bear than with file clips.
Broomfield and Churchill even went as far as Wasila, Alaska and Alexandria, Egypt to interview family and friends.
But charming Palin’s parents never secured the interview.
“She’s made herself off limits as she only operates on Facebook and Twitter and doesn’t want to cooperate in interviews other than as an employee of Fox,” Broomfield said.
Of course, Palin will talk to God before Broomfield.
“I think she feels she has a calling and is God’s anointed one. I don’t think her evangelical influences should be just swept away,” he said.
In the end, having failed to explain what’s in her heart to the doc makers, Broomfield lumps Palin in with the Far Right in U.S. politics, and out of the mainstream.
“What she (Palin) represents, whether it’s her or Rick Perry or Michelle Bachman, it’s inherently scary because it’s irrational,” Broomfield said.
“That’s why I think they’re terrifying. Their politics is polarizing and divisive and not part of the political system in which we’ve operated,” he added.