Archive of films Hunt for the Wilderpeople / Hunt for the Wilderpeople

New Zealand
2016, 101 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2016

Ricky is a hard-to-control teenager raised on hip-hop and growing up in foster care. But when he ends up with a new family in the New Zealand countryside, his life takes a strange turn… This brilliant road-movie comedy – from the director of the irresistible vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows – doubles as a touching tale of the strength of family and the pitfalls of adolescence.


Ricky is a hard-to-control, hip-hop teen who is growing up in foster care. But when he ends up with a new family in the New Zealand countryside, his life takes a bizarre turn. Through no fault of his own, city-bred Ricky finds himself on the run through the inhospitable bush with his crotchety foster father. With the police hot on their heels, our two unlikely renegades have no choice but to cast aside their differences and join forces in an unequal contest… After the enchanting vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, Taika Waititi has adapted a humorous work by popular New Zealand author and legendary bushman Barry Crump. The brilliant road-movie comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which premiered at this year’s Sundance, renders a touching story about the strength of family and the pitfalls of adolescence. Thirteen-year-old rising star Julian Dennison shines in the role of Ricky, while veteran actor Sam Neill is simply irresistible as his guardian.

Lenka Tyrpáková

About the director

Taika Waititi (b. 1975, Wellington, New Zealand) is a New Zealand comedian, director, screenwriter and painter. As a student of theatre at Victoria University of Wellington, he was a member of the So You’re a Man theatre ensemble, a popular success in New Zealand and Australia. He eventually began to work in film, gaining fame with the Academy-Award nominated short Two CarsOne Night (2005), followed by Eagle vs Shark (2007). In 2009 he adapted his acclaimed short film into the feature Boy – the highest-earning New Zealand film of all time. In 2014, Waititi joined with New Zealand actor-musician Jemaine Clement to create the audience hit What We Do in the Shadows (screened at KVIFF 49), a ghoulish mocku-flick that saw both serving as directors, screenwriters, and lead actors. As with Hunt for the Wilderpeople, the movie premiered at Sundance before hitting the fest circuit and winning numerous awards.


Protagonist Pictures
48-48 Great Portland Stcy, W1W 7NB, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 734 9000
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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Taika Waititi
Screenplay: Taika Waititi podle knihy / based on the novel Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump
Dir. of Photography: Lachlan Milne
Music: Luke Buda, Samuel Scott, Conrad Wedde 
Editor: Luke Haigh, Tom Eagles, Yana Gorskaya
Art Director: Neville Stevenson
Producer: Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders, Matt Noonan, Taika Waititi
Production: Defender Films, Piki Films, Curious
Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neil, Rima Te Wiata
Sales: Protagonist Pictures


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