In “Judas Collar” The Audience Is Brought Into The Brutal World Of Camel Culling

When you hear the phrase “Academy Awards 2020 long-listed live-action short film”, you probably don’t immediately imagine a film staring camels. But “Judas Collar” is both a gripping story and a scathing commentary of a horrific, real-life practice used to cull camels.

“In outback Australia, a wild camel is captured and fitted with a tracking device known as a Judas Collar,” the description explains.”Based on a real-life practice, Judas Collar is a scripted, non-dialogue, live-action short that explores the story of a camel used to betray her kind.”

With more and more eyes finally focused on the planet’s incredible wildlife and animal populations, using a scripted short film is a unique but incredibly effective way of shining a light on unethical behavior.

You can see the whole short here:

JUDAS COLLAR – AWARD WINNING SHORT FILM from No Thing on Vimeo.

“I think generally people didn’t know that these collars were being used in Australia and find the idea of them pretty cruel and unethical,” writer and director Alison James explained. “And I think some people connect with the more universal themes of loneliness and the human desire for connection – the need to be part of a community. I think we especially connect to stories about animals because we tend to project our own human emotions onto their stories – we feel it for them.”

It’s a moving story that, through animals, touches on some very human themes — but it’s also a film meant to create change. It’s clear that raising awareness is at the heart of this project.