The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is changing kids' lives. "Boy" is a dreamer who lives with his brother Rocky, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan. While Boy idolizes Michael Jackson his other hero is his father, Alamein (played by director /writer Taika Waititi), who is a distant memory to him, but is the subject of Boy's dreams and fantasies. Boy imagines his father as a deep sea diver, a war hero and a close relative of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him), but in reality he's "in the can for robbery". When Alamein returns home after seven years away, Boy is forced to confront the man he thought he remembered find his own potential and learn to get along without the hero he had been hoping for. Inspired by the Oscar nominated "Two Cars, One Night", BOY is the hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age tale about heroes, magic and Michael Jackson.
James Rolleston,Te Aho Eketone-Whitu,Taika Waititi
Inspired by Waititi’s Oscar-nominated short, "Two Cars, One Night," (which the filmmaker developed into a feature at the Sundance Writer's Lab), BOY is set in 1984 in the remote Maori community of WaihauBay, a location whose natural splendor only serves to underscore the hardscrabble life of its inhabitants. At the center of the story is eleven year-old "Boy" (played by newcomer James Rolleston), a high-spirited adolescent obsessed with American pop culture - especially Michael Jackson - and prone to particularly vivid fantasies about his long-absent father, (played by Waititi), whom he imagines as an adventurous world traveler. When his father returns, Boy discovers, instead, a lovable loser who has been serving a seven-year sentence for robbery, and inveterate schemer whose daydreams are no more grounded in reality than his son's. Confronting the enormous contrast between the father he longed for and the one he has, Boy crosses the threshold into adulthood, having proven himself both strong enough and smart enough to live a better life than his dad's.