Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Doha Film Experience - Doha Film Institute
Ricky is a Very Bad Egg, or so claims frighteningly enthusiastic child-services officer Paula when she drops him off with Bella and Hec – the latest in a series of foster parents for the sullen young urban “gangsta”. This setup is the boy’s last chance to get on the straight and narrow before he is plucked out of the foster-care system and plonked into juvenile detention. Thanks to Bella’s penchant for killing with kindness, it looks like the delinquent-in-training just might get his act together at last..
Director Taika Waititi, of recent ‘Thor’ franchise fame, carefully intertwines off-the-hook wit, brilliant performances, and a heartwarming story to provide a new take on the wilderness adventure story.
Taika Waititi hails from the Raukokore region of New Zealand. He has been involved in the film industry for several years, first as an actor, and now focusing on writing and directing. In 2004, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film ‘Two Cars, One Night’, and both of his feature-length films – ‘Boy’, which played in the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in 2010, and ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ – were top-grossing films in New Zealand.
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