Could you slaughter your own Sunday roast?

It’s the tough question that Aussie filmmaker Madeleine (Maddy) Parry asked herself.  Maddy decided to find out for herself if she could.  Noodlies, Sydney food blog is intrigued by the premise of this new Australian documentary about one aspect of our food.

Can you eat meat and really care about the animals on your dinner plate? Documentarian and meat‐eater, Madeleine Parry wants to find out. So she enlists to become an abattoir meat‐worker, and works her way up the production line toward the ‘killbox’. With unparalleled access to a slaughterhouse, she explores the experiences of the animals we eat and the men who kill them. As she truly becomes part of the industrial meat production process, she faces the reality of killing hundreds of animals a day. Maddie wants to know the truth, but can she stomach it?

Director: Madeleine Parry
Producer: Daniel Joyce

MEATWORK screens Sunday November 11, 9.30pm on ABC2.

MEATWORK is a result of Opening Shotan initiative between Screen Australia and ABC Television that aims to give voice to a new generation of filmmakers.  Last year, five intrepid filmmaking teams, all with a director under 35 years, took up the opportunity to create a prime time half hour film that fires an (opening) shot into the national conversation about Australia today.