Film Review: Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins

The state of politics across the world is probably at its most lamentable levels since World War II. To say that it’s a profession which is currently attracting intellectuals would be like saying that fish have dire need of more hats. However, not far behind is the noble journalist; a mix of untalented grafter and the intellectual louche. To say they don’t hold truth to power, is an understatement. That could never be said about Molly Ivins.

Molly Ivins was an American newspaper columnist, author and political commentator. The proud Texan made a name for herself as a straight-talking sharpshooter. As a lifelong humanist, she dedicated her life to standing up for those who were marginalised and without a voice. Janice Engel’s new documentary, Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins, charts her unique journey and enduring legacy.

Using archive interviews and talks mixed with contemporary opinions, Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins paints a picture of an outspoken and determined person. You either loved her or hated her but almost everyone respected her. Despite repeated attempts to curb her voice she would not be silenced. Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins is a rousing portrait of a brilliant journalist who would not be defeated.

Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins is out in cinemas from 23 October.

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