Before fake news there was Molly Ivins, a brilliant and fearless journalist who shone a light on the murky world of US politics, as this engrossing and entertaining documentary details.
Less a political pundit than a truth-seeking troubadour whose tenacious investigating and scabrous wit saw her columns syndicated in newspapers across the US, Molly Ivins was a legend amongst journalists. She grew up in Texas, where her liberal leanings saw her stand apart from her peers.
Her gifts as a writer led her to the New York Times, which made the mistake of trying to curb her, only to see her depart for the Dallas Times Herald, which gave her complete freedom and was where her popularity brought her national fame. Janice Engal’s engaging portrait details Ivins’ rise, her spats with the conservative right and, most famously, her waging a campaign against the Texas governorship and then presidential administration of George W. Bush. It’s an affectionate portrait of the straight-talking journalist and a reminder of how much we need the fourth estate in order to keep in check those in power.
★★★★ “What the world needs right now is Molly Ivins” - Little White Lies
★★★★ "Effortlessly captures her charming wit and tenacity, making for an engaging glimpse into her life and a true homage to her vibrant character." The Upcoming
“Sends an urgent message from the Bush years to a nation under Trump with sharp humour” - The Guardian