The cane toad was imported from Hawaii in 1935 to save Queensland's sugar crop from the grey-back beetle. It failed because the beetle could fly and the cane toad couldn't. But the cane toad stayed to become a pest of plague proportions and part of local culture and popular mythology. This off-beat and entertaining documentary presents not just the biological information, but the surprising range of people's attitudes to these grotesque creatures, including keeping them as pets.
Director: Mark Lewis
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For more than a decade, producer and director, Mark Lewis, has been renowned for developing the unusual genre of comical nature documentary, making films that focus on man’s quirky and quizzical relationship with animals - and provoke us to rethink how we view creatures great and small. Besides examining the behaviour of beasts, Lewis frequently turns his lens inward to ultimately reveal surprising insights about one of the world’s strangest animals – human beings. Often illustrated through narrative vignettes by ordinary people with unusual fascinations or problems with a particular animal, Lewis imbues his films with a combination of hard fact, tongue-in-cheek irony, and his unique brand of gentle humour.