Taika Waititi Is A Very Funny Man
Who’s Taika Waititi?
A very interesting young-ish (40) filmmaker. We’re screening his film “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” this weekend (Friday, Sunday and Monday). Waititi is a native New Zealander, and started out as a visual artist. “Hunt” is his third independent film, but you have seen some of his work if you ever watched Flight of the Conchords, the very funny HBO show that ran several seasons in the early 2000’s. If you watched Conchords, you’ll recognize Rhys Darby (he played the Conchords manager). Also starring Sam Neill (also a Kiwi).
We decided to screen this film because it is a rare breed: Very funny, yet poignant. Adults will enjoy it, and so will teens and even pre-teens. A “road comedy” with a very original take and an offbeat cast. Waititi adapted a Barry Crump book of the same name into this indie feature that debuted at Sundance last winter. It is just out, and taking off. You can see it first here.
By the way, here are a few links of interest:
Interview with Waititi at Sundance: http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/76187537/taika-waititis-hunt-for-the-wilderpeople-premieres-at-sundance-film-festival
Even better, here’s Waititi giving a Ted Talk on creativity (also very funny).