May 10, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Boy (a film by Taika Waititi) Trailer premieres ONLINE!

1 min read

Boy is the new film from filmmaker Taika Waititi (Te Whanau a Apanui), who directed Eagle vs Shark in 2007. We announced a few weeks ago that Boy would be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

BoyCComments about the movie have been positive with one viewer saying,

“This looks aweeeesome, didnt think it could top 2 cars one night but it looks like it just night tu meke apanui”

The film tells the story of 11-year old Boy (James Rolleston) and follows the return of his father after many years away.

Boy and his little brother Rocky (Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu) must reconcile reality with a fantasy dad they created in their minds.

Check out the trailer (only available online at the moment) below:

9 thoughts on “Boy (a film by Taika Waititi) Trailer premieres ONLINE!

  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 absolutely LOVE this film. I've seen it 4 times already, and I plan to keep going. It's kiwi as! Crazy Horses for life!

    Ultimate adoration for Taika and his works, he's amazing~


  3. APANUI HEARTY.. those were the days down home ,,now they seem to have lost their sence of humour,, its lucky that guys like you havent Taika,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.