Misc. Films returns to the Prince Charles with a deep cut from a PCC favourite: the director of Hunt For The Wilderpeople and What We Do In The Shadows, the one and only Taika Waititi.
The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand “Thriller” is changing kids’ lives. 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. But when Alamein returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered...
Back in 2010, Boy picked up plaudits and acclaim on the international festival circuit, including prizes at Berlin, Melbourne and AFI Fest. However, aside from a few scant screenings, this hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age comedy did not receive a theatrical release in the UK, and still remains unavailable on DVD or on-demand.
Before Waititi's big-budget Hollywood debut, Thor: Ragnarok, hits cinemas later this year, this is a rare chance to watch this little-seen gem on the big screen.