Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

With a Rebel Yell; Heartwarming Comedy Loosely Based on Great Kiwi Novel

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

With a Rebel Yell; Heartwarming Comedy Loosely Based on Great Kiwi Novel

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rhys Darby, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Stan Walker.

Director: Taika Waititi

Rating: PG

Reviewer's last word: Director Taika Waititi is in top form in this heartwarming and hilarious wilderness adventure starring the most unlikely of partners in crime.

Star profile: Taika Waititi

Quirky fact: Spent two years in Berlin working and exhibiting as a painter and photographer in the Schliemann 40 House.

Best known for: Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Eagle vs Shark, Green Lantern.

If you like this movie you'll like these: What We Do in the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok, Tama tu.

Quote: "I have to rein myself in on my films; sometimes my ideas aren't right for the story we're trying to tell."

SCREEN LIFE

with Seanna Cronin

TAIKA Waititi's new film Hunt for the Wilderpeople will have you itching to release your inner rebel.

The Kiwi comedy stars Julian Dennison and Sam Neill as a teen and his foster uncle who lead authorities on a manhunt through the beautiful wilds of the New Zealand bush.

The film is loosely based on Barry Crump's Wild Pork and Watercress, which Waititi was originally asked to develop into a screenplay in 2005. Waititi resurrected the project after meeting Crump's family three years ago.

Anyone familiar with the book will immediately recognise the humour and quirkiness Waititi has injected into the story.

"The book is a slow burner. It takes place over a few years... there's no immediacy," Waititi tells Weekend.

"I wanted something where people could get invested a bit more emotionally and have a laugh."

The film is set to make young actor Julian Dennison, whom Waititi had previously worked with on an award-winning advertising campaign, an instant star.

"I think he realised early on the entire film is based on him and him making himself available," he says.

"He worked really, really hard. He just never let us down. He was 12 years old having to wander through the bush and remember lines; he's a real trooper."

Hunt for the Wilderpeople has a strong visual style reminiscent of Wes Anderson with touches of Quentin Tarantino in the soundtrack. …

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