Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

  • Adventure, Comedy, Drama
  • 1h 41m

While he’s now a household name, we’ve been huge fans of Taika Waititi since Boy featured in our 2010 Discovery Film Festival, and we’ve shown all of his films since. Waititi’s sense of humour and warmth simply permeates everything he touches and Hunt for the Wilderpeople is no different. Based on a book by Barry Crump, this is an odd-couple adventure film with a huge heart.

13 year-old Ricky (Julian Dennison) has been in and out of foster homes for most of his life. Until, he is placed on an isolated farm with new foster mum Bella and her grumpy husband Hec (Sam Neill). Feeling nurtured by Bella, Ricky finally settles in and starts to feel like he’s found his home.

But tragedy soon strikes, and Ricky decides to run away into the bush rather than risk being taken back into care. Hec follows, and thus begins a series of hilarious misunderstandings which lead to the police launching a manhunt for the pair. The unlikely duo has no choice but to join forces, and after a rocky start they form a firm friendship that neither is willing to give up without a fight.

Dennison brings the perfect blend of wisdom beyond his years and vulnerability to Ricky, which means you’ll be rooting for him from the opening shot to the final scene. Neill’s Hec is a joy to watch as he develops from an isolated older man into a kindly caring protector. Along the way our outlaws encounter a cast of characters we’ve come to expect in a Waititi film – each as memorable as the last and all extremely funny.


Taika Waititi






New Zealand


Piki Films

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