May 7, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Boy wins Audience Award at Sydney Film Festival

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Heading over the ditch for the Sydney Film Festival has proved a successful outing for BOY after it was officially announced today that BOY has won the 2010 Audience Award for Fiction Feature Film. This is the first time in twenty years a New Zealand film has won the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival, since An Angel at My Table in 1990.

This impressive win is a huge boost for the Australian release of BOY in August. Two of the most successful New Zealand films to have been released in Australia were Whale Rider and Once Were Warriors and winning this award has given BOY the potential to give these films another run for their money across the Tasman, after over-taking both in the New Zealand box office charts.

BOY is likely to crack $9m at the NZ box office in the next few of weeks and the distributors are eager to motivate the NZ public that have not seen this film to do so before Australia claim it as their own! Rumors abound that the goat will be removed from BOY and be replaced with a kangaroo, to create a more Australasian film.

Come on Kiwis lets put that box office as far out of reach of Australia as we can! commented Transmission Films this morning.

BOY, written, directed and starring Taika Waititi is a hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age story. Set on the rural East Coast during the 80s, BOY tells the tale of Boy, Rocky and their inept wannabe gangster father Alamein. Inspired by Waititis Oscar-nominated Two Cars, One Night and his own childhood in Waihau Bay.

Released through Transmission Films on 54 screens nationwide, BOY has now widened to over 75 screens throughout the country due to popular demand.

7 thoughts on “Boy wins Audience Award at Sydney Film Festival

  1. For countless years M?ori have struggled, struggled to free themselves of the shackles of racial prejudice and racial stereotypes often perpetrated in New Zealand Film. Boy was a rare chance for M?ori to celebrate being M?ori, for it was a film written by M?ori, directed by M?ori and produced by M?ori. It was a rare opportunity to move far from those dominant racial stereotypes of M?ori as drunken, dysfunctional, uneducated, drug using criminals. Unfortunately, Waititi and Boy did nothing to dispel these stereotypes, in fact, the film Boy did nothing more that strengthen these falsities and stereotypes, and the very fact that these stereotypes were perpetrated by a M?ori writer, producer and director only fortifies their very acceptability as common truth. Waititi’s Boy ultimately revealed nothing relating to our language and culture, those revered morals and values of manaakitanga, wh?naungatanga , wairuatanga, kaitiakitanga, aroha, mana and tapu remained merely consigned to the shadows. In Boy I lament an opportunity lost for our people, an opportunity which may never come again.

    “He rangai maomao ka taka ki tua o Nukutaurua, e kore a muri e hokia.”

    (When a shoal of maomao fish has passed to seaward of Nukutaurua rock it will never return)

  2. I reckon those Ozzies should ask our government if they can have dual citizenship, after all they're just another island off Aotearoa (West Island). I'm sure we could swing it to our advantage.

  3. Nahhh 'she'll be right mate!' hehe… If they start giving them Australian voice overs, then I'll be mad!

  4. First Phar Lap, Split Enz, Crowded House, Russell Crowe and the All Whites – now they want Boy!! Oh well, nice they recognise good quality ey >

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