Hunt for the Wilderpeople


Part of The Films of Taika Waititi

A portion of the proceeds from this screening will benefit the Christchurch Shooting Victims’ Fund, supporting those affected by the Canterbury shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Ricky (Julian Dennison), a defiant young city kid whose numerous offences include graffiti, littering, smashing stuff, breaking stuff, stealing stuff, throwing rocks and running away, gets one last chance when he’s placed in a foster home in the New Zealand countryside.

“Warmly funny and deeply delightful, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a tale of two misfits told with such a generosity of spirit and consistent good humor that it’s a pleasant surprise to discover how sneakily touching it is as well.” – Tim Grierson, Combustible Celluloid

After quickly settling into his new life on the remote farm, tragedy strikes and Ricky finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together as a team as they are thrust into a hilarious and heartfelt adventure. Equal parts road comedy, coming-of-age drama and ‘80s adventure film homage, director Taikia Waititi masterfully weaves lively humor and action with emotionally honest performances from film veteran Sam Neil and newcomer Julian Dennison. Never short on laughs, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a touching story about the perilous journey called “growing up” (at any age) and those who help up along the way. (Dir. by Taika Waititi, 2016, New Zealand, 101 mins., Rated PG-13)