A LOOK AT THE PER­ILS OF PAULINE

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Love her or not, there’s no deny­ing Pauline Han­son re­mains a fas­ci­nat­ing fig­ure 20 years on from her colour­ful ar­rival on the na­tional scene.

It’s why television pro­ducer Michael Cordell was so keen to se­cure the fire­brand politi­cian’s in­volve­ment in an ex­plo­sive doc­u­men­tary for SBS.

Pauline Han­son: Please Ex­plain was filmed last year as she toured the coun­try in her lat­est po­lit­i­cal come­back.

“She was out spread­ing the word as she made her at­tempt for the Se­nate and to make One Na­tion a po­lit­i­cal force again,” Cordell says.

Han­son granted the crew ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­cess, re­sult­ing in count­less sur­pris­ing rev­e­la­tions about her rise and fall, per­sonal life and many pub­lic mis­steps.

While the film ex­plores her im­pact on race re­la­tions in the late ’90s, it also touches on how she con­tin­ues to di­vide and po­larise.

Cordell says its pur­pose is not to pass judg­ment on Han­son or her sup­port­ers.

“It’s not often you see her views dis­sected a lit­tle more closely so the film is quite il­lu­mi­nat­ing in that re­gard.

“We’re not mak­ing a judg­ment. It’s up to the au­di­ence to judge.”

PAULINE HAN­SON: PLEASE EX­PLAIN, SBS, SUN­DAY, 8.35PM

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