REVIEWs

“There are many moments during 'The Rankin File' where the audience is made to feel guilty. On the eve of an election many decades in the making, a career-defining moment for Harry Rankin, we, Vancouver, would betray him ... A documentary that scratches at the open wound of Vancouver’s cold, capitalist heart." - Discorder Magazine

"Half Vancouver history, half killer stunt, and - with the upcoming municipal election - all timing ... Memorable ... Nuanced ... Full of vivid moments from Vancouver’s past." - Georgia Straight

"A timely return to Harry Rankin's story that dispenses with rose-coloured glasses ... Brisk and informative ... Objective enough to let anyone appreciate the film without any prior knowledge of Rankin ... His just causes, passion for underdogs, and social consciousness are universal traits for doc fans to admire in a leader." - POV Magazine

“The drama of Teresa Alfeld’s documentary turns on whether Harry Rankin will win the mayorship, what will happen if he does, and what the city might do if he doesn’t ... It’s a time, and a politician, worth returning to." - Sad Mag

"A fascinating film ...  A full picture of [Harry] Rankin ... A marvelous chronicle of Vancouver." - The Commentary

**** "Brisk and evocative ... If you’ve got any interest at all in Vancouver politics, how it is today and what came before, this is a must-see film." - Vancouver Observer

(1 Of 9 Can't-Miss Films At DOXA) "In 1986, Vancouverites went to the polls to elect a new mayor. That election was, in retrospect, a referendum on development and the future of the city ... It's fascinating to get to know the brash and outspoken Harry Rankin via Teresa Alfeld’s stirring film, and consider what might have been." - YVR Screen Scene