The wonderful, horrible laugh of Pauline Hanson.
Pauline Hanson's One-Notion Nation has committed itself to slashing funding to the arts and abolishing Queensland's contribution to the National Firearms Control Scheme and the Anti-Discrimination Commission to help fund their election promises. Yet, they are spending a small fortune on changing the way mainstream Australia views Pauline.
Still flushed with their overwhelming success in the polls, One Nation is not letting the grass grow under its feet. They have been quietly filming a documentary to herald Pauline's imminent, triumphant entry into Queensland Parliament.
The documentary is being filmed and produced by the well-qualified Leni Riefenstahl.
No stranger to controversy, the still feisty Leni is keen to prove that she still has what it takes. When asked what she thought of One Nation's policies, Leni left no doubt that she had learned from the past. "I have no idea about what One Nation stands for, and I am not interested either," she said, "I am first and foremost a film maker, I care only for what I see through the lens".
One Nation is clearly pleased with the effort Leni has made so far. "It was not a difficult decision to make," said a spokesperson for One Nation. "We thought no advertising agency would touch us. At first none of them would. When the polls started to show how much our support was increasing, many Agencies started to change their tune and were keen to tender for our account. However, none of them could match the quality of the portfolio Leni presented to us. We are certain that her film will change the public perception of Pauline forever and treat her with the respect so far denied her by the mainstream media."
Although well into her 90s, Leni has lost none of her zest for film. She spoke eagerly of how interested Pauline was in all aspects of the project, and how she was constantly asked to "please explain" what was happening.
"It is very exhausting for Pauline," she explained. "She wants to get it right, and rehearses her lines over and over again. I have to keep explaining to her that for me the words are not important. It is all about movement. Again and again, we reshoot until I am satisfied. Sometimes we film Pauline walking into a room 20 times, until I get the effect I am looking for".
"For me the most powerful part of the movie is when Pauline climbs Ayers Rock. It was very difficult. Not only because of the heat and the flies, but Pauline was also actually walking backwards, supported with a huge rubber band. Of course, you cannot see this at all. Also I used some of my own film, which I still get specially made for me. This gives the feeling, the impression of sunset. The finished effect, it is very, very beautiful, Yes, very balletic."
Although none of the commercial networks have expressed any interest in the documentary, One Nation is not too concerned. A spokesperson for SBS said there was a possibility it could be shown on SBS provided One Nation agreed to subtitles.