THE FRUIT HUNTERS: THE REVIEW

THE FRUIT HUNTERS is part of the upcoming POSSIBLE WORLDS FILM FESTIVAL that takes place in Sydney at Dendy Opera Quays and Dendy Newtown – it is a festival of independent American and Canadian film – running from the 8th to the 18th of August. It has a phenomenal line up of films and if you want your mind broadened and want to see some great films that are not Hollywood made then suss out this festival. You can get all the information you need from HERE and now enjoy my review of THE FRUIT HUNTERS – Regards Salty.

 

Yung Chang, Mark Slutsky, Kyle Allatt, Marie-Alice Depestre, Kyle Gatehouse, Li Li, Bill Pullman, The fruit hunters, the fruit hunters movie, the fruit hunters review, MIFF, Melbourne International Film Festival, Jason King,
THE FRUIT HUNTERS: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

This superb docco had me hooked from the opening line…. “is it strange when I look at certain fruit I feel……a bit…….aroused?” GOT ME RIGHT THERE.

As a film lover and writer and a food lover and writer this documentary I was always going to love as long as it was not appallingly put together.

THE FRUIT HUNTERS follows a group of slightly eccentric foodies (fruities?), including actor Bill Pullman (INDEPENDENCE DAY), who travel from Indonesia to Umbria, from Honduras to Hollywood, to seek out (and sometimes save) rare, exuberant and exotic species. This film is a cornucopia of fruit and fruitly delights and fruit knowledge and it is told with so much passion and love and overflowing with abundant facts that your mind boggles at the same time that your stomach growls to go on your own fruitventure to find these amazing things to eat.

 

Yung Chang, Mark Slutsky, Kyle Allatt, Marie-Alice Depestre, Kyle Gatehouse, Li Li, Bill Pullman, The fruit hunters, the fruit hunters movie, the fruit hunters review, MIFF, Melbourne International Film Festival, Jason King,
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Did you know that there are over 600 types of mangoes?

Did you know there is only one type of banana commercially grown and sold on the entire planet (this is bad)?

Did you know there are so many types of fruit in the entire world you could never eat or try them all?

Did you also know that actor Bill Pullman is an exotic fruit grower and one awesome dude?

Did you know that Persia went to war over figs?

Did you know that a Chinese dynasty fell over lychees?

Did you know that once upon a real time the Kingdom of Hawaii was overthrown by Pineapple Tycoons?

This is all no shit, totally honest fact! I was like a child in wonderment and excitement learning facts that I actually enjoyed.

 

Yung Chang, Mark Slutsky, Kyle Allatt, Marie-Alice Depestre, Kyle Gatehouse, Li Li, Bill Pullman, The fruit hunters, the fruit hunters movie, the fruit hunters review, MIFF, Melbourne International Film Festival, Jason King,
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And the facts are little bonuses you learn throughout this amazing film. The best part of this entire film is the individuals you meet, the eccentric people, scientists, fruit hunters, fruit lovers, people so passionate about what they do that you fall under their spell of wonderment and want to join them. I want to try 600 types of mangoes, I honestly would go to war over lychees and I want to try fruit I have never heard of and all these people just jump off the screen and you literally feel like you could be walking through Borneo jungles or chopping through Hawaiian jungles with a machete by their side.

Writer and director, Yung Chang, delivers a superb docco on every level that lifts beyond the majority of recent doccos because it engages, it is made with people who are all so amazing in every way and that never bogs down in mundane drivel. It educates on sustainability and the necessity to save and preserve these fruits that are becoming extinct through deforestation, it pleads without preaching about fighting to stop the palm oil massacre of the world and it shows that you don’t have to have acres of land to make sustainable fruit orchards.

These people are so amazing, the fruit hunters, doing something I find so inspirational – it is like exotic wine aficionados touring the vineyards of the world but the fruit hunters travel through remote jungles and grow Noah’s arks of fruit to preserve and maintain these plants from extinction. Bill Pullman, what a freaking champ, after seeing this film, I just love this guy. Forget his acting talent, his number one passion and talent is fruit – what a legend!!

 

Yung Chang, Mark Slutsky, Kyle Allatt, Marie-Alice Depestre, Kyle Gatehouse, Li Li, Bill Pullman, The fruit hunters, the fruit hunters movie, the fruit hunters review, MIFF, Melbourne International Film Festival, Jason King,
THE FRUIT HUNTERS: THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

I cannot rave about this docco enough – I will actually try and find this in DVD to own, it is one of those fun doccos you could probably even get the kids to watch and enjoy with you. I think the film should be compulsory viewing for all school children and my parents are getting a screening on their next visit.

My last words on this are PLEASE FIND all the information you can and check your products, we MUST STOP PALM PLANTATIONS FROM TEARING DOWN NATURAL FORESTS. The fruit, animals, and wildlife are being decimated for this cheap oil harvest to make oil for foods we eat. Check the products – in fact – here is some facts.

THE FACTS

  • Indonesia has the second highest rate of deforestation in the world.
  • Over 300 football fields of rain-forest are destroyed every hour in South East Asia.
  • Clearing forest for palm oil plantations is the leading cause of deforestation.
  • Over 50 Orangutans a week die because of this devastation.
  • There are now less than 500 Sumatran tigers and 3000 Sumatran Elephants left in the wild.
  • Palm oil is contained in 40% of products in Australian supermarkets.
  • It is not mandatory to label palm oil in Australia.
  • There is an alternative. Companies can source Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) which is planted on already degraded land or grassland NOT rainforest.
  • We must take action now before it’s too late. Extinction is forever.

If you find your favourite products and they have palm oil, and you will be suurprised at how many do have palm oil – STOP BUYING IT – you want to be a legend? Then write to these products and tell them what you think. For more information – suss out the page for PALM OIL ACTION.

Now click on the link in the first paragraph and get some tickets to this one – if you only buy tickets to one docco a year – THIS IS THE ONE!!!!!

 

4 and a Half Pops