Back before Donald Trump took the idea of political controversy and pumped it full of steroids, one of the most shocking scandals in politics involved Rob Ford, the then-Mayor of Toronto. And in the film “Run This Town,” the Rob Ford scandal gets put under the microscope through the point-of-views of a journalist and the Mayor’s right-hand man.
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As seen in the new trailer for “Run This Town,” the film follows a couple of different angles of the Rob Ford political scandal that involved the Mayor buying drugs and being recorded while he smoked them. From there, the scandal intensified due to Ford’s over-the-top personality and his abrasiveness. The film takes a look at the real-life events through the eyes of an intrepid journalist that finds himself in over his head and the Mayor’s special assistant, who is highly-trained at spinning public perception but finds himself in uncharted territory.
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The drama stars Ben Platt, Mena Massoud, Nina Dobrev, Scott Speedman, Gil Bellows, Jennifer Ehle, and Damian Lewis as the controversial politician, Rob Ford. The film is written and directed by Ricky Tollman, making his feature-length directorial and writing debut.
“Run This Town” arrives in theaters and VOD on March 6.
Here’s the synopsis:
A young journalist and a young political aide become entangled in a larger-than-life political scandal as they struggle to navigate adult life. Like all their friends, Bram and Kamal are struggling to climb the ladders at their respective workplaces: Bram at a newspaper, Kamal at City Hall. When Bram learns of a scandal involving Kamal’s larger-than-life boss, he seizes the moment to advance his career. Meanwhile, Kamal grapples with containing the story while maintaining his integrity.