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Cobby: The other side of cute

posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Donna McraeDonna Mcrae, Michael Vale
Cobby: The other side of cute


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Research statement

Cobby: The Other Side of Cute is an 85 minute feature documentary that focuses on memory - in this case a TV show that was shown in Adelaide, South Australia in the late 1960's. Investigations take us to to the USA to trace the history of the show but also to learn the history of chimpanzees in entertainment. Cobby, the chimpanzee who is the subject of the history, is still alive and lives in SFzoo with 2 other elderly females. The film has been shown internationally and has influenced the decision makers in the SFZoo to keep their aging chimpanzee population and add to it, instead of rehoming them to another zoo. This is significant outcome for a microbudget film.

Publication classification

J1 Major original creative work


feature length documentary film

Recognition, awards & prizes

Kansas International Film festival, Kansas, USA 2018 Revelation Film Festival, Perth, Australia 2019


San Francisco Documentary festival

Place of publication

San Francisco, Calif.