Taika Waititi’s debut film from 2010! Part of the series BIPOC Movie Nights, organized in collaboration with students from Queen’s Film and Media.
It’s 1984, and Michael Jackson is king – even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy’s father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version-an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters.
A simple story of coming of age and the bitter failings of hero worship that succeeds thanks to the impressive skills of its young star.Linda Barnard (Toronto Star)
It’s a disarmingly lovely, big-hearted film, and hilarious in places.Cath Clarke (Guardian)
“Boy” finds hope, and love, in the oddest corners.Tom Long (Detroit News)
|James Rolleston; Te Aho Eketone-Whitu;Taika Waititi