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What do former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss and Aileen Wournos, the serial killer have in common? British documentary director Nick Broomfield has made separate films about all of them.
His latest film is Sarah Palin: You Betcha! co-directed with Joan Churchill. Broomfield travels to Palin´s hometown Wasilla, Alaska and interviews her parents, former friends, political allies and local critics. Despite some efforts, Broomfield does not succeed in interviewing the woman herself. This is classic Broomfield documentary where Broomfield´s presence in the film is obvious. His filming style has strong participatory approach and with minimal filming crew, Broomfield usually records the sound himself.
Some of Broomfields´ most renowned films include Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003) and Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1993), Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam (1995), Kurt & Courtney (1998) and The Leader, His Driver and the Driver’s Wife (1991). The films can all be bought from Amazon.
Guardian interviewed Broomfield about the film and you can read the interview here. Following is a trailer for Sarah Palin: You Betcha!