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Mip TV Picks 2008: Will Work For Nuts

The wildlife genre has been around for as long as there have been cameras, so it's sometimes difficult to find ways to do accessible, non-blue-chip natural history without resorting to the tried, true and tired.

Runner-up for best in show

March 31, 2008


Runner-up for best in show

The wildlife genre has been around for as long as there have been cameras, so it’s sometimes difficult to find ways to do accessible, non-blue-chip natural history without resorting to the tried, true and tired. Really, how many ways are there to do behavioral films that won’t leave the audience pining for Marlin Perkins?

But, as the best filmmakers know, when all else fails, it pays to turn to lovable wonks. And, according to the filmmakers, the hosts of Will Work for Nuts are exactly that: ‘Lloyd Buck is a professional bird trainer, and full-time Essex boy. Matt Thompson is a zoologist and enthusiastic goldfish trainer. James Cooper is a prop designer and mechanical genius.’

The three turn the relatively mundane into the naturally magical, from demonstrating how slugs can be escape artists to showing how a peregrine falcon can catch two speeding wonks on a moped. The trio turn useful information about the natural world into hilarious stunts, though it’s important to note that the focus is on behavior and no harm is caused to any of our natural brethren. Partners: Tigress Productions for Five, distributed through IMG Media
Aired: February
Length: 6 x 30 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide, excluding UK

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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