Broomfield film looks for insight into Sarah Palin

Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:22pm EDT
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By John McCrank

TORONTO (Reuters) - Will the real Sarah Palin please stand up?

In "Sarah Palin: You Betcha," British filmmaker Nick Broomfield travels to Wasilla, Alaska -- the hometown of the gun-toting hockey mom, Tea Party activist, former Republican vice presidential nominee and now possible contender for the White House in 2012 -- to learn what she really is like.

What he finds, as depicted in "You Betcha," is an ambitious person who will do whatever it takes to win, and that knowledge is important, Broomfield said, because of Palin's current status as a cultural and political tastemaker.

"I felt that she was an interesting symbol of some of the changes that are happening in American politics at the moment and that she was representative of something bigger than just herself," Broomfield told Reuters at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film premiered.

Broomfield interviews the former Alaska governor's parents, ex-friends and colleagues from her stint as mayor of Wasilla, where she hunted, fished and played sports while growing up.

"It was just to see what kind of influences she had and what people who knew her very well thought of her," he said.

Despite seeking out an interview with the 47 year-old Palin several times -- traveling around America to ask her at book signings and rallies and at one point being told by Palin, "I could do that, you betcha!" -- Broomfield never gets one.


<p>Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks at a Tea Party Express rally in Manchester, New Hampshire September 5, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>