Saturday, July 24, 2010


Director Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark)

Starring Taika Waititi, James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Moerangi Tihore

Set in 1984 in Waihau Bay, New Zealand this coming of age movie tells the story of Boy (James Rolleston), and his younger brother, Rocky (Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu) who live with their deserted extended family on a farm. Nan (Mavis Paenga), the kid’s gran, looks after them and there is a goat called Leif. Boy's father, Alamein (Taika Waitit) has been absent for several years but makes a surprise return when Nan takes a short trip away from the farm. In the father’s absence the boys have become infatuated with Michael Jackson who has become a romanticised version of their old man. In reality of course the King of Pop and this incompetent criminal in search of hidden loot have little in common.... or have they? The movie is littered with a cast of quirky characters, swimming with imagination, humour and crammed full of in-jokes.

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