THE RANKIN FILE: LEGACY OF A RADICAL
THE RANKIN FILE is currently in postproduction.
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The Rankin File: Legacy of a Radical is a feature documentary investigation into the colourful life of controversial Vancouver lawyer, city councillor, and socialist icon Harry Rankin.
Harry Rankin was a larger-than-life character. The controversial Vancouver lawyer, city councillor, and socialist icon was worshipped by his supporters as much as he was reviled by his opponents. Mercilessly redbaited throughout his career, it took him thirteen tries before finally being elected to city council in 1966. Twenty years later, Harry attempted his greatest feat: running for mayor of Vancouver against a young political newcomer – and future premier of British Columbia – Gordon Campbell.
Rankin’s fifty-year career was marked with countless celebratory highs and devastating lows. His work ethic was legendary – not even thirty years of surveillance by the RCMP for alleged ties to the Communist Party could slow him down. Since his death over a decade ago, he has left an indelible mark not only on Vancouver’s political scene, but also upon his many friends, family, colleagues, and foes. Harry’s legacy is complicated and stands as a point of controversy for those closest to him.
The Rankin File: Legacy of a Radical explores the complexity of Harry Rankin’s legacy through six key figures in his life: his son, his widow, his ally, his student, his comrade, and his opponent. Throughout the documentary, Harry’s voice is a constant presence via a unique series of historical interviews. As in life, Harry Rankin gets the last word.
Produced by John Bolton of Opus 59 Films, The Rankin File is currently in postproduction.