V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

V' 15

Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

Mark Lewis
Australien, 1988
47min, OF

© NFSAA © NFSAA/Arthur Mostead

Cane Toads: An Unnatural History

Mark Lewis
Australien, 1988
, 47min, OF

Actors: 
Bettina Dalton
Ranger, Queensland
Typ Byrne
Sugarcane Farmer
H.W. Kerr
Bureau of Sugar Experiments
Glen Ingram
Senior Curator im Queensland Museum
Bill Freeland
Wildlife Research Officer
E.S. Edgerton
Cane Pest Board
Rob Floyd
Animal Ecologist
Marie Roth
Resident
Cane Toad
as herself
Screenplay: 
Mark Lewis
Sound: 
George Hart
Camera: 
Jim Frazier
Wayne Taylor
Editor: 
Lindsay Frazer
Composer: 
Martin Armiger

Production: 
Film Australia
Format: 
16 mm
Color

Pet or pest? This is the question posed by CANE TOADS: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY, a short Australian documentary that’s an absolute delight. It supplies the answers to every conceivable question the viewer may have about the species in question, and a few extras: What can the toad do for tourism? Who feeds his favorite toads cat food, or thinks they look nice in baby clothes? Ugly even by toad standards, the cane toad is revealed to be an amazingly resourceful creature. It was imported to Australia from Hawaii in 1935 – to illustrate this, Mark Lewis, shows glimpses of a train trip across Australia, from a toad’s-eye view – in hopes that it would destroy a grub that threatened the sugar cane crop. Now there are millions of cane toads in Queensland. As one of the film’s interviewees puts it, “the total conquest of northern Australia is but a hop, skip and jump.” (Janet Maslin)

With: UNE FÉE ... PAS COMME LES AUTRES

Top