Reviews and Festivals
"Editor's Choice. Highly recommended.
This is an excellent DVD about Kakapos, flightless parrots that are on the verge of extinction. High school and college students interested in understanding the many dimensions of saving at-risk species will enjoy this DVD. The photography is outstanding - especially the use of infrared cameras placed in the nests, allowing viewers to see the young chicks."— Science Books and Films (AAAS)
. Viewers of this film are treated to a cinematically beautiful and dramatically compelling story. Intimate footage of the Recovery Team's passionate conservation efforts during the three years covered is intense and emotional."— Educational Media Reviews Online
. For anyone interested in teaching about species' recovery programs, this DVD is an excellent resource. The filmmaker does a marvelous job of capturing, in a brief snap shot, both the challenges and triumphs that occur in such programs. Viewers will also find opportunities for discussing the costs and benefits of saving a single species."— NSTA Recommends (National Science Teachers Association)
"This beautifully photographed film captures the scenic majesty of the New Zealand landscape and the verdant plumage of these rare birds. Mature students will witness conservation in action, and classes studying the importance of genetic diversity will find much to discuss."— Library Journal
"A beautifully told and passionately shot film."
— Justine Andrews, TV3 Entertainment
"The Unnatural History of the Kakapo is a delight. A highly entertaining story with heart in the mouth suspense, setbacks, heroic ingenuity, and perseverance above and beyond."
— Helen Wong, New Zealand Listener Magazine
Menigoute Film Festival, Best Ornithological Film
International Wildlife Film Festival, Merit Award
Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival, Best Cinematography
Documentary Edge Festival, Best Director