Like all the films produced by Peakviewing, Pets is an adventure intended for the whole family. Josh Grolman and Jenna Dover star as a brother and sister who get embroiled in a battle over a truck full of stolen gold bullion while their parents are meeting the bank manager in a last-ditch attempt to save their farm from foreclosure. The children call on the unlikeliest of allies -- their pets -- who club together to see off the crooks and save the day.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the film is that it was shot over just six weeks at the end of last year. That the film features a cast of talking live and animatronic animals makes that breakneck shooting schedule all the more remarkable.
"Babe had something like a year, but we had to keep the schedule down for budget reasons," says director David Lister. "The animatronic animals made a big difference. They are a lot more controllable than real animals, who tended to squabble amongst themselves. It really worked best when we had a live animal and an animatronic puppet. It's quite a stylised film -- the animals talk, so you have to suspend disbelief -- but we used lots of primary colours in the design and occasionally went for unusual camera angles to heighten that stylised sense."
Since then, Lister has shot two further films for Peakviewing: Dazzle, a romantic comedy about a fairy with amnesia, and spooky story The Meeksville Ghost.
- Type of film
- David Lister
- Jane Marie Livermore.
- David Lister.
- Elizabeth Matthews, Paul Matthews.
- Christopher Atkins.
- Vincent Cox.
- Prod des
- Edward Thomas.
- Avril Beukes.
- Main cast
- Greg Evigan, Ron Smerczak, Big Mick, Emma Samms, Josh Golman, Jenna Dover, George Hamilton.