Taika Waititi's blockbuster second feature revolves around an imaginative 11-year-old East Coast boy trying to make sense of his world - and the return of his just-out-of-jail father (played by Waititi). Intended as a "painful comedy of growing up", Boy was inspired by his Oscar-nominated short Two Cars, One Night and mixes poignancy with trademark whimsy and visual inventiveness. The film was shot in the Bay of Plenty area where Waititi partly grew up. Boy won Grand Prize in its section at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, and within a month of its March 2010 release, had become the most successful Kiwi comedy released on its home soil.
Title licensed by NZ Film Commission.
Original score written by Lukasz Buda, Samuel Scott and Conrad Wedde. Performed by The Phoenix Foundation.
Soundtrack includes: 'Mum' and 'Karu' performed by Prince Tui Teka. 'Poi E' and 'Aku Raukura' performed by Patea Maori Club. 'French Letter' and 'Dragons & Demons' performed by Herbs. 'Out on the Street' performed by Space Waltz.