06-24 November 2019



Rebecca Stern

United States

2019 / 88’ / Hawaii Premiere / English
First feature


“...a straightforward, feel-good documentary about passionate people, their unusual creative hobby and their adorable dogs.” - Rogerebert.com

Enter the world of creative dog grooming, where owners compete to turn their poodles into bizarre and colourful works of art. Each year, dog groomers from across America travel to the country’s biggest contest in Hershey, Pennsylvania, with bags full of doggy hair dye and rhinestones to prove their talent to a select group of judges. 

As the film unfolds, we meet Adriane, Nicole, Cat and Angela. Perpetual runner-up, Adriane has an intense drive to prove herself a winner, and is beloved by her competitors for being so kind and friendly. Nicole hopes to connect with people in the grooming community as much as she connects with her dogs at home, while facing the very real challenge of turning her struggling grooming shop into a successful business. Cat is the champion in the show ring but, over the year, must come to terms with competition’s reality as responsibilities outside of the grooming circuit surface.  

Heartwarming, inspirational and surprisingly poignant, WELL GROOMED takes a compassionate look at the eccentric artists behind the international craze and the four legged friends who love them.

-Duncan Caillard

Saturday 9 13:15 - 14:48Regal Dole Cannery 18
Monday 11 13:30 - 15:03Regal Dole Cannery 15
DirectorRebecca Stern.
CastAdriane Pope, Nicole Beckman, Cat Opson and Angela Kumpe.
ScreenplayRebecca Stern.
CinematographerAlexander Lewis.
EditorKatharina Stroh.
MusicDan Deacon.
ProductionCattle Rat Productions.
SalesRoco Films.

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