The Empire Files have done it again with their latest documentary, Exposing Steve Bannon. In this searing portrait of the mastermind behind the Trump presidency, no punches are pulled in its critique of Bannon’s motivations and questionable character.
Bannon served in the US Navy from 1976 to 1983 and developed a strong political stance on military supremacy during this period. He then went on to work as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs for six years, later taking up filmmaking with far-right propaganda films. After a brief spell at Internet Gaming Entertainment (IGE), he made his name as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News following Andrew Breitbart’s death in 2012. The news website has been widely criticised for its hateful rhetoric and incendiary race baiting tactics – accusations which have been levelled against Bannon himself.
It was only after he joined forces with Donald Trump that Bannon ascended to the highest levels of the Trump administration in 2017 as Chief Strategist. This documentary examines what this might mean for America and its place on the world stage going forward – something that should worry us all.
The film also delves into Bannon’s personal life which is just as unsavoury, including reports of spousal abuse, child neglect and workplace harassment charges being brought against him. Overall, Exposing Steve Bannon provides an informative yet deeply disturbing look into one of the most influential figures of our time. It is a must-watch if you want to understand how we got here and where we are heading next.