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Political dissent and the US Capitol riots at the heart of ‘This Place Rules’ doco

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In case you haven't felt it closing in, it's chaos out here. And that's speaking from my tiny apartment in Sydney! Lucky for us, Channel 5 journalist Andrew Callaghan has been capturing it all for the upcoming HBO documentary This Place Rules. But what brand of chaos am I talking about, exactly? And who else is involved? Let me break it all down for you, below.

What is This Place Rules all about?

As mentioned, the documentary is led by Andrew Callaghan, a prominent Gen Z journalist in the US who is known for his gonzo-style reporting that gives the floor to people from all cross sections of society. The result is an interviewing style that's casual and draws out responses that range from ludicrous to eye-opening and insightful.

In This Place Rules, Callaghan pieces together the months leading up to the US Capitol riots on January 6, 2021, deep-diving into the darker side of America's extremely disparate political terrain, with all its conspiracy theories, dissent, the rise of far-right, alt-right figure Alex Jones, ultimately illuminating on what is a broken system.

Who else is involved?

While Andrew Callaghan is in front of the camera, there are a few well-known players behind it. Namely, A24 who is onboard to produce the documentary alongside Jonah Hill, Eric Wareheim and his comedic partner, Tim Heidecker.

Is there a release date?

Yes, and it's just around the corner. You can expect to dive into This Place Rules on December 30 through HBO Max. Think of it like a "purge yourself of one year in order to embrace the New Year" situation.

What about a trailer?

We've got one of those too. Take a look at what's to expect from This Place Rules in the trailer below. This one should come with a trigger warning – pandemic, Trump, alt-right, and all that kind of thing.


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