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Nick Broomfield on Sarah Palin: “Charming” “Feud-Like Vindictiveness”

Nick Broomfield on Sarah Palin: "Charming" "Feud-Like Vindictiveness"

In my WSJ.com interview with Nick Broomfield, the veteran British documentary filmmaker spoke candidly about his latest project, “Sarah Palin – You Betcha,” which he revealed to me takes its name from the former Vice Presidential candidate agreeing to an interview with the director. “You betcha, I will,” she said, according to Broomfield. But she didn’t, of course.

Speaking with his trademark dry wit, Broomfield tried to remain objective in our conversation, claiming that the film was never meant to “bury” the former Alaskan governor, but give an honest portrayal of her. “That was why we went,” explained the filmmaker: “To get an insider’s portrait; we think we approached it with an open mind. I think you get a fairly complicated portrait of her.”

Broomfield described Palin “as someone who is very charming and engaging,” but also someone who “turns against the very people who have done the most to promote her career. I was surprised at the level that people spoke of her need for an enemy. That was the most consistent thing: her feud-like vindictiveness against those who worked with her.”

Broomfield also offered a few jibes about his trip to Wasilla. “An indication of how strange it was is that I imagined it would be easy to rent a house in Wasilla in the winter,” he told me. “But because it’s the meth capital of Alaska, it was extremely difficult to rent a house because they’re normally rented out by drug dealers. That prepared for me how strange adventure it would be to be there for three months.”

Broomfield and I also discussed whether Palin will actually run for President.

“I think she’s frightened of being accountable; I think she’s frightened of the kind of scrutiny that she will have to face up to, and at the same time, she needs the spotlight and it’s hard to know what she would do if she didn’t run,” he said. “But I kind of think she won’t.”

Capitalizing on the film’s Toronto premiere and the gossip around the GOP primary candidates, “Sarah Palin ­ You Betcha” will be released by Freestyle Releasing in New York and Los Angeles on September 30, with other cities to follow.

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