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International title Boy
Section Enfants Terribles Competición hasta 12 años
Country Nueva Zelanda
Year 2010
Format 35mm
Color / B&W Color
Running time 84 min.
Original language Inglés
Director Taika Waititi
Screenplay Taika Waititi
Film Editing Chris Plummer
Photography Adam Clark
Music The Phoenix Foundation
Costume Amanda Neale
Production Ainsley Gardiner, Cliff Curtis, Emanuel Michael
Production design Shayne Radford
Cast James Rolleston (Boy), Te Aho Eketone-Whitu (Rocky), Taika Waititi (Alamein)
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Producer Whenua Films
Distribution Company NZ Film
Synopsis The year is 1984. the whole world is dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. New Zealand is not an exception, which is why Boy, an 11 years old boy from New Zealand, considers him his idol. Boy lost his mother when he was still a baby, and he does not know the whereabouts of his father. In spite of all that, he is not alone: he lives with his brother Rocky (who claims to have superpowers), his granny, a goat and a house load of cousins. His father (presumably an ex-con) who, according to Boy, is probably the most awesome person in the world, suddenly appears the week his granny goes on a trip. He drives an incredible car, wears a leather jacket, does funny and amazing things and treats him like his buddy. However, Boy gradually realizes that the purpose of his father’s visit is not necessarily to see his children, and that being awesome is not necessarily the sames as being a good father or an example to emulate.
Director bio Born in New Zealand in 197, he is a film director, writer, painter, comedian and actor. He has vast experience in comedy and he has been involved in the most innovative and successful productions in New Zealand. His short film, Two Cars, One Night was nominated for the Oscars and his first feature film, Eagle vs. Shark, closed the 45th edition of the Gijon International Film Festival in 2007.