“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” follows Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), a scrappy young city kid known to cause plenty of trouble, who is sent by child welfare services to live in the country with foster Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and mysterious, grumpy Uncle Hec (Sam Neill). But when Ricky flees to the bush, Uncle Hec chases after him only for child services to believe the mentally unstable Hec kidnapped the boy. Now, they must band together in order to best survive in the wild. In this exclusive clip below, see director Taika Waititi discuss his personal rules for survival in the bush.
Director Taika Waititi’s 2005 short film “Two Cars, One Night” was nominated for an Oscar. He has also previously directed the features “Eagle vs. Shark,” starring Jemaine Clement, one of two members of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords, and last year’s “What We Do in the Shadows,” co-directed by Clement.
“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It was released in New Zealand on March 31st and became the highest-grossing locally-produced film of all time. It will be released in New York and Los Angeles on June 24th, and will receive a nationwide release in July.
For more information on the film, check out the official website. There, you can take a quiz to enter an official sweepstakes to win two roundtrip tickets from one Air New Zealand’s U.S. gateways to Auckland, New Zealand.