Fishhooks – Dead animals as ornaments

Mini documentaries about craftsmen and women have become to filmmakers, what taking pictures of old men playing chess used to be to photographers. You only have to look at Vimeo’s homepage on any given week to see that. There’s loads of them.

I’m not complaining mind you, I do really enjoy finding out about the often secluded people who spend their lives in the pursuit of perfecting an artistic, artisan vocation. The only slight issue is that with many of the less effective films it starts to feel more like people are doing it to show off their camera handling/editing chops than actually tell a story.

But not so with Fishhooks by film company Lunch and Recess. This is a very sweet and at the same time terrifying look at a young woman who spends her days stuffing dead animals. Yes taxidermy is the subject of the day, and the whimsy of both the taxidermist in question, and the execution of the film, play as a fantastic contrast to the brutal images of a dead rodent being skinned and reborn as a nightmarish finger puppet!

It may be in your best interest not to be eating meat…..or anything with sauce right now.

James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.

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