Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, AFI Fest - It's one of the most creative comedies you'll see all year.

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Synopsis: During summer break in 1984, eleven-year-old Michael Jackson fanatic “Boy” (James Rolleston) has the adventure of his life. With his mother dead and father AWoL, Boy becomes the head of a household full of kids when his Nana leaves town for a funeral. It starts as just another few weeks of fruitless pining for classmate beauty Chardonnay (RickyLee Waipuka-Russell), but then his Dad (writer-director Taika Waititi, Eagle vs. Shark) rolls up in a vintage car with his Crazy Horses gang, and Boy’s life turns upside down. There are treasure hunts, fistfights, and falling-outs, as Boy grapples to learn why his Dad left the family so long ago.

Waititi adopts a fanciful deadpan tone that’s part Wes Anderson and part Flight of the Conchords (for which Waititi directed), complete with child-like animations and hilarious re-enactments of Michael Jackson music videos. It’s one of the most creative comedies you’ll see all year.

Genre

Comedy / Drama

Language

English

Starring

James Rolleston – Boy
Te Aho Eketone-Whitu – Rocky
Taika Waititi – Alamein
Moerangi Tihore – Dynasty
Cherilee Martin – Kelly
RickyLee Waipuka-Russell – Chardonnay
Haze Reweti – Dallas
Maakariini Butler – Murray
Rajvinder Eria – Tane
Manihera Rangiuaia – Kingi
Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson – Holden

Directed by

Taika Waititi

Written by

Taika Waititi

Produced by

Cliff Curtis
Ainsley Gardiner
Emanuel Michael

Awards

Nominated: Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival, 2010
Winner: Best Feature Film, Berlin International Film Festival, 2010
Winner: Audience Award for Best International Feature Film, AFI Fest, 2010
Winner: Audience Award, Melbourne International Film Festival, 2010
Winner: Audience Award for Best Feature Film, Sydney Film Festival, 2010
Winner: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, New Zealand Film and TV Awards, 2010
Official Selection: Edinburgh International Film Festival, 2010
Official Selection: Jerusalem International Film Festival for Children and Youth, 2010
Official Selection: Athens Film Festival, 2010
Official Selection: Stockholm International Film Festival, 2010

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Country of Origin

New Zealand

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