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Boy

Film (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras) – 2010

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Mature

Taika Waititi's blockbuster second movie revolves around an imaginative 11-year-old East Coast boy (James Rolleston) trying to make sense of his world — and the return of his just-out-of-jail father (Waititi). Intended as a "painful comedy of growing up", Boy mixes poignancy with trademark whimsy and visual inventiveness. The film was shot in the Bay of Plenty area where Waititi partly grew up. A winner in its section at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, Boy soon became the most successful local release on its home soil (at least until the arrival of Waititi's 2016 hit Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

Produced by

Whenua Films

Acknowledgements

Made in association with the NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air and  Te Māngai Pāho

Music

Original score written by Lukasz Buda, Samuel Scott and Conrad Wedde. Performed by The Phoenix Foundation

Closing song 'Poi E' performed by Patea Maori Club

Soundtrack includes 'Mum' and 'Karu' performed by Prince Tui Teka, 'Aku Raukura' performed by Patea Maori Club, 'French Letter' and 'Dragons & Demons' performed by Herbs, 'Out on the Street' performed by Space Waltz

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