Penguins for free
Penguins are a lot like hippies. They tend to hang around in groups. They usually live where no else wants to. And the fathers are very involved in raising the younguns.
Luc Jacquets film March of the Penguins (which won Best Documentary at the last Academy Awards) begins as the Antarctic summer ends and thousands of Emperor penguins hurl themselves from the relative security of their true environment the sea and virtually in single file, begin a journey to their desolate breeding ground which takes a gruelling 20 days.
After the mating rituals, the female transfers the egg to the male who protects it under his belly just above his feet. The male then zealously guards the egg for two months during which time he does not eat. (Thats fatherly love for you.)
March of the Penguins follows a year in the life of a group (and especially a family) of penguins. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the photography is brilliant and the fact that the religious right has used this film as an example of family values and Intelligent Design shouldnt put you off. Its about penguins, okay?
March of the Penguins screens from next Thursday, May 25, at the Birch Carroll & Coyle Lismore Cinema.
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