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WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL, THE

SYNOPSIS:
The true story of a San Francisco man and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild red-and-green parrots. Mark Bittner, a former street musician, builds a relatyionship with about 40 parrots who come to his suburban hillside balcony searching for food, even as he searches for meaning in his life. These wild parrots provide him with friendship and a bit of local fame as he gets to know their personalities and peculiarities. And in the end the birds are responsible for a change in his life.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Amusing, touching and satisfying, this gentle yet probing little doco is a hand made movie with none of the polish of a major production, but its simplicity and its subject matter are pluses.

Mark Bittner is a loner when we meet him, barely surviving financially as he devotes his time to caring for the parrots that have learnt to flap around his modest cottage on bushy Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. We learn that he lives rent free, thanks to the young couple who own the property within which is their own house. Mark seems to be a genuine guy who attaches himself to the birds, not with any obvious agenda, since he only learns about them over time. A few books we glimpse seem to have provided him the basics, the rest he has learnt as he interacts with them. He feeds them on his balcony, he feeds them from his hand, and he even feeds some from his own mouth.

Each bird has a name, hence their own name, and it's this level of intimacy that providees the fascination. We also learn a little about his life (though not enough) and we enjoy the birds in action.

By the time Bittner has to move out to make way for major renovations, he has also found himself at the start of a new chapter of his life for reasons that are evident only at the very end of the film.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL, THE (G)
(US, 2003)

CAST: Documentary with Mark Bittner, Judy Irving

PRODUCER: Judy Irving

DIRECTOR: Judy Irving

SCRIPT: N/A

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Judy Irving

EDITOR: Judy Irving

MUSIC: Chris Michie

PRODUCTION DESIGN: n/a

RUNNING TIME: 83 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Gil Scrine Films

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 20, 2005

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: AV Channel

VIDEO RELEASE: January 11, 2006







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