This morning I watched one that I almost turned off in the first couple of minutes: “Porker Stalker”. I’m very glad I stayed with it though as it was beautifully crafted, interesting, informative and very satisfying. It turns out it was an award winner:
Claudia Babirat and Ruth Barton (Class 2003/04) Win At the inaugural WildSouth International Film Festival, held in Wanaka, New Zealand, from 25 – 29 April 2005, Claudia and Ruth’s film “Porker Stalker” won the Apple Computer Best Newcomer Film Award and was a Finalist in the National Geographic Best People and Place Film Award.
The movie (75Mb) tells the story of a young lad and his love of pig hunting.
My initial resistance to the notion that hunting live animals should be thought of as a sport was somewhat allayed when I heard that left unchecked the wild pig population would simply proliferate, and that pigs can do a lot of damage, even attacking new-born lambs.
Note for overseas readers: except for a couple of bats, New Zealand has no native mammals. When European settlers introduced species such as wild pigs, they did so with no thought for the natural checks and balances provided by predators. There’s nothing in New Zealand that would naturally halt a population of wild pigs, beyond disease or starvation. That’s also why we have problems with wild rabbits, wild (small) cats, possums and the like, many of which destroy populations of native birds or native habitats.
I have half a dozen more Wild Flicks in iTunes awaiting viewing, and recommend that you give them a try too. Start with “Porker Stalker”, it’s worth it. Plus: good New Zealand scenery. What a bonus!