Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Wed 6 July / Town Hall Theatre / 18.002016 / New Zealand / 93min
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“In an age of branded films, it’s such a relief to stumble upon a film like this. Filmmaking this fresh, this vibrant, and this affecting for all ages is rare these days.” — Consequence of Sound

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.

Director Taika Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. Never short on laughs, this touching story reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.

Official selection: Seattle International Film Festival 2016
Official selection: Sundance Film Festival 2016
Official selection: Tribeca Film Festival 2016
Official selection: SXSW 2016

Director Taika Waititi
Cast Sam Neil, Juilian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Rhys Darby, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne
Script Taika Waititi
Producers Taika Waititi, Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders, Matt Nonnan