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Eagle vs Shark

Film (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras) – 2007


Taika Waititi's first feature is an offbeat comedy about two misfits trying to find love. Lily (Loren Taylor from movie Existence) is a shy fast-food cashier with a crush on clueless gaming geek Jarrod (Jemaine Clement). When Lily crashes Jarrod's fancy dress party in a shark costume, she impresses the self-styled 'Eagle Lord' with her gaming prowess — excerpted here. But the budding romance is sorely tested by Jarrod's obsession with a childhood nemesis. Empire called the film "a comic delight destined for cult adoration". Watch interviews with the cast and crew after the excerpt, and read this backgrounder

This debut feature, occasionally arch but consistently affecting, shares the deadpan esthetic of Napoleon Dynamite and Ghost World ... Yet Eagle vs Shark has its own distinctive style, partly thanks to whimsical little interludes of animation, but mainly because it ties blithe absurdity to a rock bed of emotional truth.
– Reviewer Joe Morgenstern in The Wall Street Journal, 15 June 2007

Produced by

Whenua Films


Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission, and with support from the Sundance Institute's Annenberg Feature Film Fellowship

Developed with the assistance of the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program


Original score performed by The Phoenix Foundation

Additional music by Age Pryor and The Reduction Agents

Closing credits songs 'This is the One' performed by The Stone Roses, and 'I Don't Want (Reprise)' performed by Age Pryor and the Marvellous Medicine