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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Killing Ground; Pecking Order

28 September, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

Harriet Dyer in Killing Ground

IT isn’t just that they have their HQ in our patch that makes me feel particularly favoured towards film company Vertigo. It is the fact that they consistently freak me out with their releases.

They have given us such gems as the Raymond Briggs movie Ethel and Ernest – a tear-jerking piece of art about the illustrator’s family – to the basically weird, superbly wonderful New Zealand flick Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

I still shudder involuntarily when I think about London To Brighton, one of their earlier releases – it was a truly superb crime story. They also put out on screen author John King’s brilliant, brilliant novel The Football Factory.

This week they bring us Killing Ground – a movie that nods in the direction of a series of others in its set-up and the way it plays out (think Deliverance, Texas Chainsaw Massacre as reference points) and it sits nicely in their stable. Set in Australia, we have a couple heading off to the Bush for some rest and recuperation – but it provides nothing of the sort…

Meanwhile, head to the southern hemisphere once more, to New Zealand, for an insider’s guide to one of those pastimes that almost feels like it was made up so someone could make a cute documentary about it.

Pecking Order is about the 148-year-old Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon club and follows them as they gear up to compete in the NZ National Show, the FA Cup for feathered fans. The members of the club come straight from a sitcom writers’ brainstorming session, including club president Doug and Sarah the chicken whisperer.

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