Pecking Order

Pecking Order

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Pecking Order

The unusual world of competitive chicken breeding between Kiwi farmers is revealed in this comedic documentary.

Join members of the 148-year old Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in the lead up to the NZ National Championships, as they battle history (and each other) in their quest for glory. Meet Doug, the determined Club President; Rhys, the young upstart; Sarah, the chicken whisperer; Ian, the exacting judge; Mark, the voice of reason; and Brian, the loveable champion.

2017Rating: PG, Coarse language84 minsNew Zealand
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Reviews & comments

The Guardian

The Guardian

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[A] quirkily entertaining documentary about the world of competitive chicken breeding.

3.0
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Stuff

Stuff

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Pecking Order, in a droll, understated way, perfectly captures small-town Kiwi life and puts it up on screen for us all to appreciate.

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Stuff

Stuff

press

A key to the success of Pecking Order is that director Slavko Martinov plays it straight, never undercutting his subjects for the sake of a cheap giggle.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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This is an affectionate crowdpleaser which should feather the nest for international festival programmers, coming home to roost in specialised play and plump terrestrial TV buys in the English-speaking marketplace.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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There's more to this film than a tribute to Best in Show with chickens, this is a film about Kiwis being Kiwis, delivered thought the portrayal of a club in disarray and all the wonderful human-ness and drama it brings with it.

4.0
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Newsroom

Newsroom

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It's a revealing look at those who put themselves into committees and others' politics.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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A sufficiently engaging delve into a niche interest and those who feel defined by it. But one which, narratively at least, backs the wrong gamecock.

3.0
0

This movie is hilarious and a little poignant in parts. It's quite enlightening to see a different side of life for some people and their zealous interests. "Regular" folk may not believe this is a surprisingly true to life doco. I belonged to a fish, aquarium & water garden society for years. It too eventually <<>> died like this club...

4.0
0

This movie captures the world of bird fanciers beautifully. On several occasions, along with the audience, I laughed out loud, but then realised what the chicken fancier was saying, was deadly serious. It's their world and what they love, so I felt a bit bad laughing at them. However, I also feel privileged for the birds-eye view of their community.

4.0
0

There are so many layers to this Kiwi gem, that reward repeated viewings. There's every chance this will become a kiwi classic. Here and overseas.

5.0
0

Best in show - but chickens. A hilariously quirky film delving into a very niche world of competitive chickens - and the tense relationships that are set to rip apart the local breeding club. I enjoyed every moment of this film, and thought that while incredbily funny, tackled the subject with care and sensitivity. It was laugh out loud at moments, cringy...

5.0
0

Great acting and a fabulous N.Z film. Some very funny scenes.

0

Really enjoyed this light-hearted look into the lives of "Bird Fanciers". Who knew they existed! Loved the documentary style as well. Reminded me a an early version of Flight of The Concords in fact. Brilliant and the fact that these people weren't actors added to it's unique appeal. Have recommended it to everyone on facebook :)

5.0
0

OMG -Who knew this world existed within NZ. A tale of the competitive chicken world that really could only be played out so well in NZ, very well done and with genuine honesty. I laughed so much with surprises and pride of being a kiwi . Best parts are the Poultry and Pigeon club - gold moments

5.0
0

Wasn't sure what to expect going into the movie, but thank you Flicks for introducing it to me - surprisingly funny and enjoyable to watch! Another great Kiwi comedy.

4.0
0

had zero expectations coming in to see it, and could not stop laughing for a large part of it. i want to take my dad he would be rolling on the floor laughing.

4.0
0

I'm not a a chicken fancier by any description but this film was just charming and delightful, a real surprise. Loved every second, full of hilarious characters that will make you cringe and chuckle. Support local film making and go see it, doubt you'll be disappointed that you did.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

[A] quirkily entertaining documentary about the world of competitive chicken breeding.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Pecking Order, in a droll, understated way, perfectly captures small-town Kiwi life and puts it up on screen for us all to appreciate.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

A key to the success of Pecking Order is that director Slavko Martinov plays it straight, never undercutting his subjects for the sake of a cheap giggle.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

This is an affectionate crowdpleaser which should feather the nest for international festival programmers, coming home to roost in specialised play and plump terrestrial TV buys in the English-speaking marketplace.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

There's more to this film than a tribute to Best in Show with chickens, this is a film about Kiwis being Kiwis, delivered thought the portrayal of a club in disarray and all the wonderful human-ness and drama it brings with it.

4.0
0
Newsroom

Newsroom

press

It's a revealing look at those who put themselves into committees and others' politics.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A sufficiently engaging delve into a niche interest and those who feel defined by it. But one which, narratively at least, backs the wrong gamecock.

3.0
0

This movie is hilarious and a little poignant in parts. It's quite enlightening to see a different side of life for some people and their zealous interests. "Regular" folk may not believe this is a surprisingly true to life doco. I belonged to a fish, aquarium & water garden society for years. It too eventually <<>> died like this club...

4.0
0

This movie captures the world of bird fanciers beautifully. On several occasions, along with the audience, I laughed out loud, but then realised what the chicken fancier was saying, was deadly serious. It's their world and what they love, so I felt a bit bad laughing at them. However, I also feel privileged for the birds-eye view of their community.

4.0
0

There are so many layers to this Kiwi gem, that reward repeated viewings. There's every chance this will become a kiwi classic. Here and overseas.

5.0
0

Best in show - but chickens. A hilariously quirky film delving into a very niche world of competitive chickens - and the tense relationships that are set to rip apart the local breeding club. I enjoyed every moment of this film, and thought that while incredbily funny, tackled the subject with care and sensitivity. It was laugh out loud at moments,...

5.0
0

Great acting and a fabulous N.Z film. Some very funny scenes.

0

Really enjoyed this light-hearted look into the lives of "Bird Fanciers". Who knew they existed! Loved the documentary style as well. Reminded me a an early version of Flight of The Concords in fact. Brilliant and the fact that these people weren't actors added to it's unique appeal. Have recommended it to everyone on facebook :)

5.0
0

OMG -Who knew this world existed within NZ. A tale of the competitive chicken world that really could only be played out so well in NZ, very well done and with genuine honesty. I laughed so much with surprises and pride of being a kiwi . Best parts are the Poultry and Pigeon club - gold moments

5.0
0

Wasn't sure what to expect going into the movie, but thank you Flicks for introducing it to me - surprisingly funny and enjoyable to watch! Another great Kiwi comedy.

4.0
0

had zero expectations coming in to see it, and could not stop laughing for a large part of it. i want to take my dad he would be rolling on the floor laughing.

4.0
0

I'm not a a chicken fancier by any description but this film was just charming and delightful, a real surprise. Loved every second, full of hilarious characters that will make you cringe and chuckle. Support local film making and go see it, doubt you'll be disappointed that you did.

0