About this project
Hey everyone! Kia ora, I’m Taika Waititi. I made this movie called BOY. This is what I tricked Sundance Film Festival into saying about it when I took it there …
“Inspired by his Oscar-nominated short, Taika Waititi offers a charming, funny, and wild coming-of-age story where everybody has some coming of age to do. Never short on laughs, Waititi’s story is ultimately about three boys (one grown) reconciling fantasy with reality.”
I wanted more, so I got Bird Runningwater from the Sundance Institute to say this:
“The actor playing Boy in the film, teenager James Rolleston, was mobbed by teenaged German girls wanting his autograph after he premiered at the Berlinale.”
No love for me in Berlin? So I Googled myself and found this from @jackiechan and then I had an idea.
“Every once in a while, a tiny little film will come along so heartfelt and so well executed that you just know if it can find a studio that believes in it or somehow find its way in front of an audience, it will be a hit. All too often that movie fades only to be discovered years later by adoring fans, leaving them wondering, ‘Why didn't I see this in the theater?’ I am holding onto hope that this doesn't become the fate of Taika Waititi's wonderfully hilarious autobiographical film BOY.”
Columbus arrived in America in 1492. In 1964, the Beatles made the trip. It’s 2012 and I am bringing BOY to your big United States and your fancy theatres with 3D and butter for your popcorn and share it with you. You can be my studio.
I made the film in New Zealand where it to become the biggest hit in history. We won tons of crazy awards at the Sydney, Melbourne and AFI Film Festivals. I took it to New Mexico with Sundance and showed it there just for fun. Most importantly to me, it made people happy.
But you Americans haven’t had a chance yet to see it and I just know you’ll love it—and you could use a bit of cheering up, especially since the world is supposed to end this year.
I want to come to more American cities and show it to more of you. I promise to visit as many places as I can so you can beat me up in person afterwards if you didn’t like it. Thanks for your help, mysterious people.