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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Hunt for the Wilderpeople


Here's an interesting bit of history about New Zealand: in 1802 the Kiwis invented the condom using a sheep's lower intestine. In 1822 the Aussies somewhat refined the idea by taking the intestine out of the sheep first.

A lot of Kiwi jokes that Aussies tell are based on the (never officially proven) theory that New Zealand men have sex with their sheep and that they (the men, not the sheep) come over to Australia only to go on the dole.

Australians also think that Kiwis are dumb and less intelligent, even though Rob Muldoon, New Zealand's Prime Minister in the 1980s, once quipped that the exodus of Kiwis to Australia raised the average IQ of both countries.

The latest import from New Zealand, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, has certainly raised the standard of movies in this country. It stars Sam Neill who also acted in "The Hunt for Red October", so the "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" must've been a shoe-in for him. ☺

I am a Barry Crump fan (who could ever forget "There and Back"?) and as this movie is based on his book "Wild Pork and Watercress", I hope it will be shown in the Bay's cinema not too long after its official release on 26 May.

P.S. Well, two months on and the movie still hasn't come to the Bay's cinema - in fact, the Bay's cinema has just shut its doors permanently; click here - but the movie is now available on ebay, so here goes a bit more of retail therapy: