Taika Waititi’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” follows defiant kid Ricky (Julian Dennison), who is sent by child welfare services to live in the country with foster parents Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and cantankerous Uncle Hec (Sam Neill). When Bella suddenly dies and child services threatens to take Ricky away, he runs away into the wilderness with Uncle Hec in pursuit. Soon, a national manhunt ensues for the two when government officials erroneously believe Hec has kidnapped Ricky. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below featuring a young Ricky writing a haiku.
The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It also screened at South by Southwest, Tribeca Film Festival, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. It entered limited release this past June.
Waititi previously directed the mockumentary horror film “What We Do in the Shadows,” starring Waititi and Jemaine Clement, about a group of vampires who live together. He also directed the coming-of-age film “Boy,” the romantic comedy “Eagle vs Shark,” and the Oscar-nominated short film “Two Cars, One Night.” He’s set to direct the upcoming Marvel film “Thor: Ragnarok.”
“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” will be released on iTunes on Tuesday, September 13th. It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, September 27th.