Film review: Project Wild Thing (PG)
David Bond, 83mins
Thursday 24 October 2013
In our computer-driven, marketing-saturated, child safety-obsessed culture, David Bond's doc suggests, kids aren't getting outdoors enough.
In the process, their health is suffering. Bond makes some fair (if obvious) points about why children should reconnect with nature, but the tone is smug and nostalgic.
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