Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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Premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2016

NZ – 31 March 2016
Australia – 26 May 2016
USA – 24 June 2016
UK – 12 August 2016

Cast and Credits

Director and Screenwriter: Taika Waititi
Producers: Taika Waititi, Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders and Matt Noonan
Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rhys Darby, Cohen Holloway, Stan Walker, Rima Te Wiata, Oscar Kightley, Rachel House
Music: Luke Buda, Sam Scott, Conrad Wedde


  • Independent Film Festival Boston – Audience Award
  • San Francisco International Film Festival – Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
  • Montclair Film Festival – Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this heartwarming adventure comedy.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is based on the iconic book ‘Wild Pork and Watercress’ by bestselling New Zealand author Barry Crump.