The Scene Club Film Screening: Boy by Taika Waititi
The Scene Club in Dubai is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month by launching The Scene Classics, a new series of monthly screenings of films they've programmed over the past 10 years.
I am helping out with the selection and for the first film we will screen BOY by Taika Waititi, a film from 2010. The film was first screened here in January 2013 and we're happy to bring it back again for another rare opportunity to watch it on the big screen.
You may know Taika Waitit's other not so little film, Thor: Ragnorak which is currently in UAE cinemas. Come see this small indie film and one of the top grossing films in New Zealand. I will present it by discussing his other films and his trajectory as actor/director.
The year is 1984, and on the rural East Coast of New Zealand “Thriller” is changing kids’ lives. 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.
BOY is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. He lives with his brother ROCKY, a tribe of deserted cousins and his Nan.
Boy’s other hero, his father, ALAMEIN, is the subject of Boy’s fantasies, and he imagines him as a deep sea diver, war hero and a close relation of Michael Jackson (he can even dance like him). In reality he’s “in the can for robbery”.
When Alamein returns home after 7 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.