Pecking Order (2017)

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Join members of the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in the lead up to the NZ National Championships, as they battle history and each other in a quest for glory and for the love of their birds. Meet Doug the determined Club President, Rhys the young upstart, Sarah the chicken whisperer, Brian the loveable champion, Ian the exacting judge and more. Pecking Order is a hilarious, unique, heart-warming slice of Kiwiana which will delight and surprise audiences of all ages.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (1)

Mostly this is just an enjoyable 90 odd minutes of very attractive chickens and their dedicated owners. Oh and that cockerel having a nice time in front of a hairdryer.

Sep 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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While competitive chicken showing in New Zealand may seem pretty niche, the story of human obsession is universal and, in Martinov's hands, very accessible.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Director Slavko Martinov captures everything with humour and respect, and his coverage of an unfortunately painful battle for the future of the club adds a keen poignancy.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Pecking Order has all the right ingredients to make a delicious documentary omelette, but it still comes out slightly undercooked... Still, there's nothing Kiwi audiences like more than scratching and pecking around to unearth the perfect local eccentric

Sep 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you think anything to do with chickens is automatically funny, you'll have a ball, but personally, I found director Slavko Martinov's cutesy musical choices and winking tone more than a little wearying.

Sep 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Slavko Martinov's film also speaks to the very real value of community groups and the trickiness in maintaining traditional interests in the 21st century.

Mar 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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