A most peculiar crime spree is spreading across the UK. A rash of egg thieves raiding the nests of rare birds has precipitated a police initiative named “Operation Easter,” which has succeeded in confiscating thousands of eggs found under beds and floorboards, and in secret rooms. The offenders are motivated not by money but by the beauty of the egg and the thrill of the chase, but their apparently harmless compulsion has disastrous effects on an entire ecosystem. With unprecedented access to the most notorious and inconspicuous perpetrators, Poached delves into the psychology of the egg collectors as they confront their destructive obsession.


Directed by Timothy Wheeler. Produced by Steve Brown.


2015 US 90 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Documentary
Topic: Environmental Advocacy and Justice, Wildlife