Taika Waititi's blockbuster second movie centres on 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 dad (Waititi). Intended as a "painful comedy of growing up", Boy mixes poignancy with Waititi's trademark whimsy and visual inventiveness. The film was shot in the Bay of Plenty area where he partly grew up. A winner at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, Boy soon became the most successful Kiwi film on its home soil (at least until the arrival of Waititi's 2016 hit Hunt for the Wilderpeople). James Rolleston writes about acting in Boy here.
Made in association with the NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho
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