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Pearl, Florrie and the Bull Short Film (Full Length) – 2004 Documentary Animation Comedy

Pearl, Florrie and the Bull

Short Film (Full Length) – 2004 Documentary Animation Comedy

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On an evening stroll in 1996, two elderly Paekakariki twins suddenly encountered a ropey bull. Caught in an unexpected predicament, they tried patting it, praying, and holding onto its horns for dear life. Using an audio recording in which Pearl Mills matter-of-factly retells the experience, the Simmonds Brothers utilise colourful animation to bring the whole homely tale to life. Following on from their first film — based on interviews with people from Paekakariki township — this ‘documation’ short was again inspired by the stories of ‘ordinary’ people.

She called out to me and she said “this is getting serious”.
– Pearl

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Acknowledgements

Made in association with Creative New Zealand and the NZ Film Commission’s Screen Innovation Production Fund.

Music

Opening track 'Because of You' written by Jeff Simmonds and performed by RhythmPlant. Closing track 'Fins' written by Jeff Simmonds, performed by Obadiah and the Minor Prophets.