The Independent (2007 film)
The Independent is an independent
Independent film
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Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

n mockumentary
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 film released in 2007, produced by Apocalypse Films. It chronicles the story of Marty Browning (Lee Mason
Lee Mason (actor)
Lee Mason is an Australian film, television and stage actor from Melbourne. He is probably best known for his lead role in The Independent as naive independent politician Marty Browning...

), a man who runs for state parliament
Parliament of Victoria
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 in a Victorian
Victoria (Australia)
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 to save his family farm, backed by a shady businessman (Tony Nikolakopoulos
Tony Nikolakopoulos
Tony Nikolakopoulos is a Greek Australian film, television and theatre actor. He is best known for his work in the films of Nick Giannopoulos, The Wog Boy and The Wannabes, and for his role as Attilio in the television series Scooter: Secret Agent...

). He runs as an independent, but under the banner of "The Independent Party"; his plan is to form policies by asking members of the public for their opinions, thereby providing a direct public voice in parliament. (A similar purpose is held by the real-life Australian party Senator On-Line
Senator On-Line
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The film was shot in 2006, and released to a small number of cinemas on November 8, 2007 in the lead up to the 2007 Australian federal election. A national cinema launch is planned for April/May 2008.

Critical response

Critical reception to the film was positive, with good reviews from many high-profile Australian film critics and an average rating of around three stars. A frequent criticism was that the film seems uncertain of its tone, wavering between comedy and drama, but overall the film was considered successfully endearing, with some reviewers praising the filmmakers' decision not to merely go for laughs. Margaret Pomeranz
Margaret Pomeranz
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 found the ending "problematic", but along with most other reviewers singled out Mason for his "outstanding" performance; James Brown of FILMINK Magazine
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 described Marty as "the most charming protagonist since Kenny".
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