Political Satire

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Making fun of politicians and throwing light on the hypocrisy of political processes are the basic instincts of Political Satires. Historical or modern, they range from silly to the outrageous but are consistently clever and sharp in their depiction and mocking of those in power, making them a timeless document of political dissent across the years. 

Here is a list of great Political Satires for primary and secondary ages that instantly inspire debate and laughter in their unashamed parody and scorn of those they have set their sights on.  

Animal Farm

CertU

Age group7+

Duration69 mins

Animal Farm(1954)

A faithful animated retelling of the classic story by novelist George Orwell that sees farm animals split into conflicting groups.

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Duck Soup

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration65 mins

Duck Soup(1933)

Hilarious and accessible Marx Brothers comedy which also works as a political satire. The perfect choice for your club's first black-and-white film.

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The Great McGinty

CertU

Age group11+

Duration79 mins

The Great McGinty(1940)

Preston Sturges' directorial debut folllow the fortunes of a hobo employed by some political fixers to become an illegal professional voter.

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Dr. Strangelove

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration93 mins

Dr. Strangelove(1963)

When America accidentally launches a nuclear attack on Russia, it's up to a bemused British airman to save the day.

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The Candidate

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration105 mins

The Candidate(1972)

Drama following the career of a young lawyer, whose rise as a politician leads to his campaign principles taking a sideline to his lust for power.

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Animal Farm

CertU

Age group7+

Duration69 mins

Animal Farm(1954)

A faithful animated retelling of the classic story by novelist George Orwell that sees farm animals split into conflicting groups.

Read more
Duck Soup

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration65 mins

Duck Soup(1933)

Hilarious and accessible Marx Brothers comedy which also works as a political satire. The perfect choice for your club's first black-and-white film.

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The Great McGinty

CertU

Age group11+

Duration79 mins

The Great McGinty(1940)

Preston Sturges' directorial debut folllow the fortunes of a hobo employed by some political fixers to become an illegal professional voter.

Read more
Dr. Strangelove

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration93 mins

Dr. Strangelove(1963)

When America accidentally launches a nuclear attack on Russia, it's up to a bemused British airman to save the day.

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Head Of State

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration92 mins

Head Of State(2003)

Low-ranking African American politician Mays Gilliam is unexpectedly thrust into the limelight as a presidential candidate in this comedy.

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The Candidate

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration105 mins

The Candidate(1972)

Drama following the career of a young lawyer, whose rise as a politician leads to his campaign principles taking a sideline to his lust for power.

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Being There

Cert12

Age group14+

Duration124 mins

Being There(1979)

Hilarious satirical film about a simple-minded gardener whose humble garden talk starts to be revered as wisdom, making him a national hero.

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Brazil

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration137 mins

Brazil(1985)

Set in a retro-futuristic Britain, when an admin clerk spots an error in his paperwork and tries to correct it he is taken on a nightmarish journey.

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Jackboots on Whitehall

Cert12

Age group11–16

Duration91 mins

Jackboots on Whitehall(2010)

A comic look of an imagined nazi-run Britain portrayed with action figures and dolls.

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In The Loop

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration101 mins

In The Loop(2009)

Film version of TV satire The Thick of It about the weaselly world of politics, in which a junior minister gets out of his depth in the run-up to war.

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Borat - Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration80 mins

Borat - Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious(2006)

This outrageous, comedic mock documentary sees Sacha Baron Cohen on a US road trip, fooling people into thinking he is a reporter from Kazakhstan.

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Election

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration98 mins

Election(1999)

Reese Witherspoon made her name in this razor-sharp satire that uses a school election to send up both moral and political corruption.

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Dear White People

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration104 mins

Dear White People(2014)

Campus-based satire dissecting contemporary racial politics by following four African-American students studying at a privileged university.

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Wag The Dog

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration92 mins

Wag The Dog(1997)

Darkly comic film about a group of US politicians who fake an entire war through the media to distract the public's attention from a sex scandal.

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Mon Oncle

CertU

Age group7+

Duration103 mins

Mon Oncle(1958)

Comedy from French film director Jacques Tati, about a man who is baffled by his sister's state-of-the-art home, and mourns the loss of tradition.

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Charlie Wilson's War

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration100 mins

Charlie Wilson's War(2007)

A Texas politician's secret dealings in Afghanistan and his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have unforeseen consequences.

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