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Best in show . . . Serena O'Brien (14) with her prize-winning partridge cockbird at the Oamaru Poultry, Pigeon and Canary Society show at the Drill Hall last year. Parts of the Pecking Order documentary were filmed at the hall. PHOTO: CAROL EDWARDS

Oamaru plays a big part in a new documentary about the trials and tribulations involved in preparing birds for a national poultry show, much to the delight of members of the Oamaru Poultry, Pigeon and Canary Society.

Pecking Order, released in cinemas on May 18, follows members of the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club as they prepare for the 2015 national poultry show in Oamaru.

A large chunk of the film was shot at the Oamaru Drill Hall, where the show was held, and other areas around Oamaru.

Oamaru Pigeon, Poultry and Canary society president Clint O’Brien, along with several other society members, recently walked the red carpet at the film’s premiere at Hoyts Riccarton in Christchurch – part of the autumn New Zealand International Film Festival.

He described the film as a “classic piece of Kiwiana”.

“We were all very excited about it. It was bloody good.”

Mr O’Brien knows exactly what it takes to have success at big poultry shows, and believed the film’s director, Slavo Martinov, did a superb job in capturing the essence of a national-level show.

“It makes us look like a bunch of eccentric idiots, but that’s OK. We can laugh at ourselves.

“It’s captured the character of some of our show people – they’re really good people and real characters, so it’s really captured that.”

He said the society had been going strong for 134 years, and that the Oamaru show had always held great appeal to many bird fanciers.

“Oamaru is always a popular show, because it’s the last show of the year and people want to get in there and finish the year off well.”

The society is holding a special screening of the film at Limelight Cinema on Saturday.

Mr Martinov will be in attendance, and will be part of a Q & A session.

The world premiere of the film was held at Hot Docs in Toronto on April 29.