Written and Produced by GAYLENE BARNES
Directed by GAYLENE BARNES, ED DAVIS
Animated by GAYLENE BARNES, ED DAVIS, HAWICK INKSTER
Sound Mix by CAMPBELL PLATT
Mary MILA INDER
Dad TOM TREVELLA
Mum JILL BARNES
Technician ED DAVIS
Snowy AS HIMSELF
The idea for this film was born from two experiences. As a five year old child, I have a vivid memory of my three pet lambs being placed on our farm trailer – ready to be driven away. I remember asking my father – “where are you taking the lambies?” He replied that “They’re going down the road, but they’ll be back – in little plastic bags.” I screamed, cried and chased the trailer down the road as far as I could … I didn’t speak to my father for a week! The second idea came thirty years later, while driving along a South Island highway and following a massive sheep truck. The poor sheep were not happy, and I thought there must be a better way… surely it would be better for the sheep if the freezing works were to come to them, on their farm, where they were born, lived and cared for?
As I am a filmmaker – and unfortunately not an industrialist entrepreneur – the idea of a mobile freezing works quickly became an idea for a short film.
I am an urban gardener, and find it important to be in control of my own food supply – even whilst living in the city. I was raised on a vegetable and sheep farm and am acutely aware of the work and environmental cost involved in food production. Our farm was a small family owned one. There are very few of these left. Increasing capitalisation and monopolisation of land and farm processes is endangering the environment, and also our food security. The fringes are disappearing, monocultures threaten diversity. Our insatiable need for the latest gizmo and appliance is also having environmental impacts – through mining, pollution, etc.
The question I ask in this film is this – Are we really prepared to sacrifice everything, even the very life and future of our children, for this progressive consumerist capitalist dream?? Maybe the answer is with the Lamb, and a better understanding of what pure ‘sacrifice’ is – NB. there is much we can probably live without!
The Mobile Meat Processing Unit was made possible by funding from the Screen Innovation Production Fund and the Independent Filmmakers Fund.