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Fierce rivalries, club infighting, problematic birds and irregular judging are just some of the challenges faced by a group of zealous Kiwi chicken breeders hell bent on victory at the 2015 National Poultry Show.

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Mark Lilley
Rhys Lilley
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Fierce rivalries, club infighting, problematic birds and irregular judging are just some of the challenges faced by a group of zealous Kiwi chicken breeders hell bent on victory at the 2015 National Poultry Show.

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An instant classic, charming and warm with some surprising elements.
15 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is an impressively well crafted documentary about a charming group of people in the Christchurch poultry club. The film shows a very honest portrait of the characters, without ever taking a mock at their peculiar hobby. It soon becomes clear that the filming takes place during unforeseen events shaking things up several notches, and the filmmaker handles these circumstances in an excellent manner. There are so many layers to this film, I can see it being enjoyed by a wide range of audiences.

What could have easily turned in to a one-dimensional film about some kooky players in the show circuit, or even something close to a mockumentary, rather turns out to be an unexpected political film dealing with the universal themes of power structures, obsessions and the inevitability of progress. I'm impressed at how well it all blends together - the comedy, drama and peculiarities of this particular setting. I saw the film in New Zealand, but could definitely recognize the Scandinavian culture I grew up in. It's a film that should go well with audiences from all continents.

I loved every second of it. A highly recommended must-watch!


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