Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Taika Waititi (2016)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This charming comedy from Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) combines endearing characters with generous helpings of deadpan humour - and the result is quite wonderful. Set in New Zealand, it follows Julian Dennison as a tearaway teen who ventures into the wilderness to avoid juvenile detention. Thankfully, he is tracked down by his foster uncle Sam Neill, a grumpy, taciturn mountain man who helps him survive in the bush as they try to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Dennison and Neill form a delightful double act, creating a mismatched duo who are utterly joyous to watch. There are a few gags that don't quite land, but so many amusing moments and witty exchanges mean that doesn't matter. As Neill says: it's magestical.


A 12-year-old brought up in the city is sent to be fostered by the good-natured Bella and her grumpy husband Hec, who live on a farm in rural New Zealand. When tragedy strikes. Ricky runs off into the wilderness, pursued by Hec - inadvertently sparking a national manhunt for the two of them. Comedy adventure written and directed by Taika Waititi, starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison.

Cast & Crew

Hec Sam Neill
Ricky Julian Dennison
Bella Rima Te Wiata
Paula Rachel House
Psycho Sam Rhys Darby
Minister Taika Waititi
Kahu Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne
Andy Oscar Kightley
Ron Stan Walker
Joe Mike Minogue
Director Taika Waititi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: VertigoGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Sep 2016
Comedy Drama