out of Five
Running time: 90
A battle of epic proportions between a city council, a property developer and a community determined to save their neighbourhood’s fate, The Triangle Wars is an enjoyable and eye-opening film asking the question of who should decide the fate of a city?
What’s it all about?
Amidst accusations of corruption and deceit Melbourne’s Port Phillip City Council stubbornly push on with a $400 million mall development on a waterfront car park in the St Kilda area despite fierce opposition by the area’s residents.
The story is paced so well you’d be forgiven for forgetting that this is indeed a documentary, the shocking allegations, the unbelievable gall of the city council are amazing. The characters are larger than life, from the mayor stuck between a rock and a hard place, to the councillors placed a little too close to the development this is a situation so serious that it actually leads to changes in local government in Victoria.
The film plays out like a great David and Goliath story, with a strange French photographer igniting a community so opposed to their politicians’ decisions that they seek to supplant them in elections. There are intense scenes of frustration as the councillors and developers try to justify their decisions, it really makes you wonder if they are actually seeing the emotion the community is demonstrating.
A highly emotive, at times frustrating, look at government making the decision between economic return and the will of the people, something all communities can relate to. An enjoyable watch from our friends across the Tasman.
The Triangle Wars (N/A)