Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Director Taika Waititi
Producer Taika Waititi, Leanne Saunders, Carthew Neal
Screenplay Taika Waititi, Te Arepa Kahi – from the novel “Wild Pork and Watercress" and by Barry Crump
With Sam Neill (Hec), Julian Dennison (Ricky), Rima Te Wiata (Aunt Bella), Rachel House (Paula), Oscar Kightley (Andy)
Director Taika Waititi's fourth feature, Hunt For The Wilderpeople is packed with star-power. Sam Neill is the laconic Hec, Rima Te Wiata is his beloved wife, Bella and Julian Dennison is Ricky, the young orphan with a love of setting fire to mailboxes.
“A man and a boy are on the run in the dense and vast New Zealand wilderness. The man is Hec, an archetypal laconic Kiwi bloke with a rollie smouldering away in one hand and the stock of his rifle in the other. The boy is Ricky Baker. He’s a great kid, with his head in the right place, but he’s set fire to one too many mailboxes for his last foster family to cope with and now Ricky has washed up on the isolated back country farm of Hec and his beloved wife Bella. To tell you what else rolls out in the first third of Hunt for the Wilderpeople and how Hec and Ricky come to be on the run would be a spoiler too far. But that first act is a goldmine of character and comedy. Hec, Ricky and Bella play off each other superbly. Characters are deftly sketched in, a couple of terrific jokes are cracked and Hunt for the Wilderpeople hits its straps like a champion…” – Graeme Tuckett, Stuff