Having recently seen Netflix’s Stephen Fry narrated birds of paradise documentary Dancing With The Birds, I’ve found that I still haven’t quite moved on from the stunning images and ‘birds of paradise dance moves’ featured in the film.
‘Fashion, dance, fashion, reproduction, fashion, cockroach, FASHION and big juicy tropical fruits’.
These are just some of the words that came to mind as the film played. Why, or why have I mentioned fashion so many times? That’ll become very obvious when you look at the following images…
Sequins baby! Do you see those beautiful ‘sequins’ on the neck of the Carola’s Parotia? A.k.a the most talented dancer of them all – in my humble opinion. Dancing so tirelessly and with such focus and dedication.
After a little while, you may forget his name but his moves and that ‘sequinned neck furniture’ will likely stay with you.
It’s no wonder I loved yellow and red so much as a little girl. Here we have what is probably the most colourful bird of them all; the Guianan Cock of the Rock. Their communal mating rituals were some of the most amusing to watch, thanks in part to Fry’s humorous narration.
Let’s not forget the female Guianan Cock of the Rock. Though far less colourful, the female still managed to stand out. Also, is it just me or is the word ‘chic’ jumping out at you too, as you look at her?
The undeniably majestic Black Sickle Bill. So arresting and magnificent that not only did fashion come to mind many times as I watched this beauty, but the most fitting phrase is certainly haute couture, yes?
Now, the Twelve Wired Bird (TW) is definitely the one I consider most strange out of all the birds featured. Unfortunately for me, even though I love yellow and black together, something about the way TW moves and dances reminded me too much of a cockroach, which then meant that TW was never going to be my favourite.
I’m just glad that those ‘wires’ aren’t painful or the result of a horrible accident. What are they really comprised of? I wonder…
Last but in no way least, we have the Flame Bowbird. Standing here and looking both ‘hot’ and like one of the most perfectly ripened and juicy mango I’ve ever seen.
I’ll remember him most for the above reasons and for being a combination of my younger self’s two favourite colours, as well as for building that artful structure made of sticks; something else that also screamed FASHION.
A real tale set in the heart of the grandiose landscapes of Lapland, A Reindeer’s Journey (Une odyssée en Laponie), is an adventure / family movie / documentary all about the survival of a small wild reindeer named Aïlo.
Narrated by Donald Sutherland, director Guillaume Maidatchevsky’s film focuses on the challenges faced by the young, frail and vulnerable Aïlo throughout his first year in Lapland…
‘At birth, a reindeer only has five minutes to stand up, five more to learn how to walk and five more to learn how to run and swim.’
The above quote has me wanting to see the footage of Aïlo doing all the above. And it helps that he’s cute.
I definitely enjoyed the new Stephen Fry narrated Netflix documentary Dancing With The Birds. Though mainly for the stunning images of the beautiful birds of paradise. I couldn’t help but appreciate the moments the film made me realise just how much humans and birds actually have in common, especially when trying to attract a mate.
The only downside of Dancing With The Birds for me is how the whole experience felt oddly unfinished. Perhaps because I’m used to a more thorough telling of an animal / bird / nature story – as per the works of Sir David Attenborough. Whereas Dancing With The Birds focuses purely on the mating rituals / dance routines of some of planet Earth’s most stunning birds of paradise.
Don’t get me wrong, the dance rituals are definitely something to see. So much so that they had me thinking that I really could probably do with sharpening my own dance skills. Probably.
Watch Dancing With The Birds for the truly stunning images and for the similarities between us and those with feathers, wings and the gift of flight.
Busby is a new documentary about the true story of Manchester United icon Sir Matt Busby, one of the greatest and most influential football managers of all-time.
Directed by Joe Pearlman, Busby will show previously unseen archive footage and interviews with those who knew Sir Matt Busby best….
‘Matt was the first tracksuit manager training with the players.’
I certainly don’t follow football / soccer much anymore. However, this moving trailer and the above quote does have my attention. To think I once thought of Sir Alex Ferguson as the only ‘treasured’ Manchester United Manger.
I’m ready to take in some of Man U’s rich history.
Mr. Toilet– The World’s #2 Man is an interesting look at the ups and downs of a man’s journey as he tries to live a life of service to others – in his own unique way.
Directed by Lily Zepeda, Mr. Toilet, a.k.a. Jack Sim is an entrepreneur and family man who sacrifices his comfortable life for an endless battle against the world’s largest man-made crisis, sanitation.
Aware of the fact that half the world doesn’t have access to a toilet, Sim travels the globe with a focus on finding a way to change that; one of the ways being motivating people to build their own toilets.
As unsavoury as the subject matter may be, I personally couldn’t wait to see how Sim expected to achieve his lofty goal. As one might expect, there was certainly challenge after challenge after challenge. And what that did was remind me of a motivating speech I’d heard just earlier on the same day. The gist being that ‘The people who make things happen are the one’s who fail but continue still, because the goal is simply too important’.
Watch Mr. Toilet– The World’s #2 Man, for a picture of a human with the best intentions and good humour, who has found a purpose; one focused on bringing about needed change in the world, even if he has to rethink his approach more than once.
Written / directed by Lauren Greenfield The Kingmaker is a new documentary about former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos; particularly her controversial political career and her influence of her husband Ferdinand’s presidency…
Marcos’s character is the reason I’m drawn to this one; along with the fact that I really didn’t know of her until now.
Starring female sumo wrestling champion Hiyori Kon, Little Miss Sumo is a new Matt Kay directed documentary about fighting tradition.
Knowing that existing rules require Hiyori to retire at 21, undeterred, she takes on the task of confronting obstacles both inside and outside the ring in an attempt to help change Japan’s national sport forever…
‘…until the third grade, I never lost a match, not even against the boys.’
I want to learn more about Hiyori’s life in Japan and the existing arguments against a women’s competition. Arguments I expect are in no way justified.
Fingers crossed for an ending with a fair amount hope for existing and future aspiring female sumo wrestlers.