Monday, 10 July 2017

A piece of Kiwiana: Pecking Order

Pecking Order is a clever, refreshing and lovely documentary film by Slavko Martinov, with Mike Kelland.

I saw the movie recently at a not-for-profit fund raiser, and laughed until I cried. I am surprised that I was able to laugh, as I have met so many of the character types who graced the movie in many volunteer clubs: in dog showing, in dressage ribbon days, in sports clubs and in service clubs. If it hadn't been so funny, it would be terrifying. Or it might have been heart-breaking.

Interestingly enough, I found Ricky Gervase's The Office 'too real' to be funny, because I had worked with too many of his caricatures in workplaces. Pecking Order's people were real, and perhaps it was their genuineness, and because they had been treated with respect and without judgement, that the humour of the situations they were in came through.

These people are PASSIONATE about what they do. Showing chickens gives meaning to their lives, and you can see that in every take of the film. The film-makers seem to understand that, and give the club members space to be themselves on the screen. 

It seems that the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club have entered into the spirit of this film with gusto. They have run special showings of the movie, and use it as a fund-raiser. Egg money, if you will ;-D

Definitely worth a watch. 



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