Director: Taika Waititi
Taika hails from the Raukokore region of the East Coast. Taika’s first short film, ‘Two Cars, One Night’, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2005. His next short, ‘Tama Tu’ about a group of Maori soldiers in Italy during World War II won a string of international awards, making it also eligible for Oscar nomination. His first feature, Eagle vs. Shark, was included into the Competition section of VIFF “Pacific Meridian”, 2007. In 2004 he launched his solo production; Taika’s Incredible Show. In 2000 he was nominated for Best Actor at the Nokia Film Awards for his role in the Sarkies Brothers’ film Scarfies.
The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand “Thriller” is changing kids’ lives. Inspired by the Oscar nominated Two Cars, One Night, BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson. BOY is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother ROCKY, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy’s other hero, his father, ALAMEIN, is the subject of Boy’s fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him). When Alamein returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.