Mercifully, 20 seconds into the travelogue footage that opens this light, entertaining romp, any queaziness that one had about the title ( a tad PELECEHAN) is dispelled with Lawrence Blair's adoring and concise summary of the world's most gorgeous culture, to the strains of Strauss' "Thus SPake Thora Struth Mate"(2001/Airplane 2/Kate Middleton's fashion show. In fact, with this tenderly crafted documentary Blair, now sporting a Burberry patch and his trademark perma-tan (NIVEA "SUmmer Glow" a wag once told me), is now the alternate David Attenborough without a doubt. It was mean, however, at last night's elegant all-Star gauche caviar Gala at the snazzy THE LEGIAN (the Hardies AND the Orchards on one tea lawn...free flow by MJ), the way he dispatched Dean Tolhurst as someone who does "clever things with the camera" when in fact Mr Tolhurst is a competent director-producer devoted, like Blair, to making meaningful; documentaries in Indonesia. WHo knows? One day they may suceed! No, but in all seriousness, this pooche-piece is well concieved ,and lovingly shot , if poorly researched (they need, as a team, to get better cultural advisers in Bali to avoid clangers). The film is for the most part about the foibles of Balinese scavenger street dogs and the white women who administer to them lovingly .....but with little on the loving relationship between man and master inside a Balinese home ( to be explored in WIdji Wienberg's coming "It's a dog's life " starring Lassie Laserawati) and the pivitol role the house dog has in a Balinese garden ---the flash mob factor --and at times of ceremonies when he sits at the PEDANDA's feet. Tolhurst and Blair's film, while entertaining, showed just the sensational --the scabies and the Strictnine(sp?) --side of the canine equation. I wish the map showing the introduction of the (Asia Major) dog to S.E.Asia, and into Australia(the dingo) and the Pacific, and all the excellent footage of the world experts on that migration was more towards the front of my film. The myth(?) that the dogs and the Bali cow arrived with wet rice cultivation and the proto Malays(?) from Yunnan/Formosa should perhaps have been discussed. And why five(?) different coloured dogs skins ---particularly the magic tabby "BLANG BUNGKEM" much adored by the Balinese --are needed for certain ground-spirit appeasement rituals(CARU). The section on the KINTAMANI dogs was excellent and the deftly handled sniffer-dog section. Way to go, Larry Baby!! Keep up the great work Dean!!