More Than Honey Tuesday, 31 March 2020

More Than Honey

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: General.

  • The pitch:

    Buzzing with information.

  • Starring:

    Fred Jaggi, Randolf Menzel, John Miller, Liane Singer, Heidrun Singer, Zhao Su Zhang, Fred Terry, Boris Baer, Joseph MacIlvaine, André Maritz, Layne Pauly, Robert Schneider, Eric Robinson, Elisabeth Schild, Tiffany Bate

  • Directed by:

    Markus Imhoof

  • Running time:

    95 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Animals are crushed to death, eaten, gassed. Mites attack larvae/bees. An animal is sprayed with pesticide, appears ill/dying. An animal is flicked away. Footage of vehicle accident. Killer bees, bee attacks mentioned. Blood/gore: Hundreds of dead, dying, suffering bees/larvae. Burning corpses. Micro-surgery on bee, neural brain scan monitoring.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Mating bees. Mating, insemination, incest, breeding discussed.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Smoking (cigar). Chemicals, poisons, fumagillin (antibiotic), sulphur dioxide gas used.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES:

    Apiculture, bees, bee-keeping, family legacy, honey, fertilisation, almond-growing, pollination, honeycomb, fungicide, pesticide, survival, interconnectivity, human intervention, colonisation, instinct, Royal Jelly, over-breeding, disease, colony collapse disorder, cross-breeding, sustainability.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased ancestors (great-grandfathers, grandfathers, fathers) mentioned. Bankrupt grandfather mentioned. Bees, dog, bird-of-prey, planes (light aircraft, passenger jet). Dead/dying bees, bee stings, maggots, diseases, parasites, mites mentioned. Bees are captured, tagged, smoked, caged, posted, transported. Urination mentioned. English, German, Swiss-German, Mandarin languages (subtitles). Sky-high aerial cinematography over traffic.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Magical, beautiful, delightful, informative, contemplative, curious, superb, compelling, marvellous, startling, unnerving, pervasive, fascinating, educational, atmospheric, inspiring. Captivating narration, impressive footage and cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Sections set in China and Australia are too short.

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