PECK­ING OR­DER

OUT 29 SEPTEM­BER / CERT PG / 88 MINS DI­REC­TOR Slavko Marti­nov CAST Doug Bain, Mark Lil­ley, Brian Glassey, Brett Hawker, Sarah Bun­ton

Empire (UK) - - ON.SCREEN -

Given ITS SET­TING — the build-up to the 2015 new Zealand na­tional Poul­try Show — you’d be for­given for think­ing this was a Christo­pher Guest mock­u­men­tary. But no, the lead­er­ship strug­gle for the Christchurch Poul­try, Ban­tam And Pi­geon Club that forms much of the ac­tion is real — al­beit played out by slightly ec­cen­tric char­ac­ters. Sadly, it’s the least in­ter­est­ing as­pect of the film, tak­ing time away from ob­serv­ing the (gen­uinely im­pres­sive) birds and learn­ing about these pas­sion­ate chook-heads’ craft. it’s an en­gag­ing enough delve into a niche scene, but for all the in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters and vi­brantly feath­ered birds, it feels a lit­tle too lack­ing in colour.

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