Boy is released on March 25 in New Zealand. It is being picked as the next New Zealand film to hit it big.
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.
Boys 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). In reality he is in gaol for robbery.
When Alamein returns home after 7 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.
The film stars Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, James Rolleston, Taika Waititi and it is directed/written by Taika Waititi (‘Eagle Vs Shark’, TV’s ‘Flight of the Conchords’)