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The Unnatural History of the Kākāpō

Film (Excerpts) – 2009

This documentary tells the tenuous survivor story of the kākāpō: the nocturnal flightless green parrot with "big sideburns and Victorian gentlemen's face" (as comedian Stephen Fry put it). A sole breeding population for the evolutionary oddity (the world's largest parrot; it can live up to 120 years) is marooned on remote Codfish Island. The multi award-winning film had rare access to the recovery programme and its dramatic challenges. This excerpt sees a rugged journey to the island to search for a kākāpō named Bill, and the chance to hear the "bizarre ballad" of its mating boom.

If naturalists go to heaven (about which there is considerable ecclesiastical doubt) I hope that I will be furnished with a troop of kākāpō to amuse me instead of television.
– British naturalist Gerald Durrell, in 1989

Key Cast & Crew

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Leyton Langeveld

Composer

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Chris Tegg

Editor

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Ian McGee

Writer, Story Advisor

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Scott Mouat

Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer

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Stacey Hertnon

Sound mix

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Scott Mouat

Narrator

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