Polished Shoe / Telescope
Starring: Priscilla Gray
Also Starring: Millie
Directed by: Sam Huntley
Cat Out of the Bag Alert! This review contains some spoilers for this film!
Synopsis: A cat hunts for approval from his owner, literally, but takes things a little too far.
Kitty Cameo: Tibs is a beautiful female Bengal tabby cat who is owned by an older woman (Priscilla Gray). On the first day Tibs is shown bringing her owner a dead mouse. The owner lavishes affection on the cat.
On the second day Tibs brings a dead bird. The owner is taken aback but still showers the cat with love.
Much of the third day is left up to the imagination of the viewer. Needless to say Tibs takes her hunting seriously.
The cat wrangler on the film was Jo Hatherton. The original plan was to use a friend’s cat in the shoot but everyone kept warning director Sam Huntley not to use a “normal” cat, so cat actor Millie was hired. Still it wasn’t easy getting the great reaction shots used in the film. As Huntley explained to Wired, “It started out with the trainer using a laser, and a clicker, then quickly descended into people making all sorts of ridiculous noises, lots of clicking of fingers, throwing bits of tuna, etc.”
Final Mewsings: Even the most professional cat actors can be difficult.