Cane Toads:
An Unnatural History

Director: Mark Lewis
Australia / 1988 / 47 min

Last streamed on Wed, Oct 7

Presented as part of “Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z.”

Mark Lewis, whose films investigate the complex relationship between the human and animal world, produced a slyly hilarious work with this account of the introduction of the cane toad to Australia. Cane Toads: An Unnatural History tracks the Australian government’s import of the toads from Hawaii in 1935 as a pest-control measure; the unexpected, ecosystem-threatening results of this move; and the attitudes of present-day Australians toward these now-ubiquitous, fast-breeding creatures.

“Welcome to Metrograph: A to Z,” launched in our first programming calendar, is an ongoing series initiated as a way to introduce moviegoers to our particular take on cinema history. The intention was to offer our own idiosyncratic alphabet: one title per director, neither canon nor anti-canon, but rather a selection of our favorite films that serve as life-changing revelations or enduring personal passions, and ultimately films for which Metrograph exists to spread the gospel. Currently in its second turn around the alphabet, the series, which was up to titles beginning with the letter “C” at the time of the theater’s closure, will now be presented online.