Throughout March, The Roxy will be celebrating the work of The New Faces of Hollywood. These are the earliest films by some of the most exciting and successful contemporary filmmakers. the work on which the directors of today's biggest blockbusters cut their teeth.
Before he breathed new life into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the hilarious and vibrant Thor: Ragnarok, or charmed audiences with the hit comedies What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, New Zealand's Taika Waititi perfected his comedic sensibility with his second feature, Boy.
The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand "Thriller" is changing kids' lives. Inspired by the Oscar-nominated Two Cars, One Night, Boy is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson. Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. Boy's other hero, his father, Alamein, is the subject of Boy's fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him). In reality he's "in the can for robbery". When Alamein returns home after 7 years away,Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered, find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for.