Written and Directed by Donna McRae and Michael Vale
Produced by Donna McRae
Despite being our closest relative, chimpanzees are one of the species we least understand.
The chimpanzees that we see in entertainment and advertising are without exception infants. As a result, our impression of them is indelibly marked by their “cuteness”, but the fate of these chimpanzees as they grow older remains shrouded from public view.
By following the extraordinary life of Cobby, a fifty-six year old chimpanzee whose journey has taken him from the African wild to TV stardom to the San Francisco Zoo, Cobby: The Other Side of Cute explores the difficult subject of chimps in entertainment.
Cobby: The Other Side of Cute presents snapshots of Cobby’s early life with human ‘siblings’, the showbiz world of the 1960’s, and his life in the Zoo.
Cobby: The Other Side of Cute will enjoy FanForce screenings in Adelaide and Melbourne in April. Details here.