working titles Choice, Volcano

2010 (87 min.)

Cast & crew
Boy James Rolleston
Rocky Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu
Alamein Taika Waititi

Writer Taika Waititi
Original Music by The Phoenix Foundation
Director of Photography Adam Clark
Produced by Georgina Allison, Cliff Curtis, Richard Fletcher, Ainsley Gardiner, Emanuel Michael, Merata Mita
Casting by Tina Cleary
Production Design by Shayne Radford
Costume Design by Amanda Neale


  • Visa Entertainment Screen Awards – Best NZ Film, Best NZ Director for Taika, Best NZ Actor and Best Newcomer for James Rolleston
  • 41st International Film Festival of India – Special Jury Award
  • AFI Fest – Audience Award – World Cinema
  • Berlin International Film Festival – Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Grand Prix
  • Netherlands – CineKid – Best Film
  • Toronto ImagineNative Film Festival – Best Dramatic Feature
  • Sydney Film Festival – Audience Award
  • Melbourne Film Festival – Audience Award
  • Qantas Film & TV Craft Awards – Best Original Music for The Phoenix Foundation, Best Editing, Best Cinematography
  • Qantas Film and Television Awards – Best Feature film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor for Taika, Best Screenplay

Taika Waititi’s second feature revolves around an imaginative 11-year-old East Coast boy trying to make sense of his world – and the return of his just-out-of-jail father (played by Waititi). Intended as a “painful comedy of growing up”, Boy was inspired by his Oscar-nominated short Two Cars, One Night and mixes poignancy with trademark whimsy and visual inventiveness. The film was shot in the Bay of Plenty area where Waititi partly grew up. Boy won Grand Prize in its section at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, and within four weeks of its March 2010 release, had become the most successful Kiwi comedy released on its home soil.


Poi E Haka vs Thriller – the last scene of the movie before the credits

new Poi E video

Deleted scene

> BOY the Movie on facebook
> @BoyTheMovie
> BOY Official on vimeo
> Boy on (4 short excerpts from the film, interview with the director, one of the producers and Making-Of footage from the film)
> Boy on IMDB
> Alamein Ranginui on Facebook
> Boy facebook group
> Crazy Horses facebook group


> IndieWire: Waititi’s Remarkably Insightful “Boy” Succeeds On Many Levels by Eric Kohn, January 23, 2010
> Hello Giggles: New Zealand Comedy-Drama “BOY” Deals With Growing Up At Every Age by Michelle Konstantinovsky, Feb 27, 2012
> NYT Critics’ Pick: Adult Responsibilities, but a Child’s Sensibility by David DeWitt, March 1, 2012
> Huffinton Post: BOY by Marchall Fine, March 1, 2012
> GQ: Moonwalking Through Middle-Earth by Tom Carson, March 1, 2012
> A.V.Club: BOY by Nathan Rabin, March 1, 2012
> The Playlist: A Whimsical & Unique Coming-Of-Age Tale From New Zealand by John Lichman, March 3, 2012
> PASTE Magazine: BOY by Aaron Belz, March 6, 2012
> Honolulu Weekly: Man In The Mirror by Matthew Dekneef, March 7, 2012
> The Wall Street Journal: Maori ‘Boy’ face off by Joe Morgenstern, March 15, 2012
> The Stranger: A Boy Named Boy by David Schmader, March 21, 2012
> Washington Post Express: Maori ‘Boy’ Meets World by Kristen Page-Kirby, March 29, 2012
> Diversions: Sex, drugs & fatherhood by Dean Essner, March 29, 2012
> Washington Post: Adult does the growing in ‘Boy’ by Michael O’Sullivan, March 30, 2012
> The Boston Globe: ‘Boy’ puckishly tells sad tale by Ty Burr, March 30, 2012
> EDGE Boston: BOY By Jake Mulligan, March 30, 2012

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Photos BOY – the film gallery here