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Up Next: March 7, 2021

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (New Zealand) is a 2016 adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi, whose screenplay was based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. Sam Neill and Julian Dennison play "Uncle" Hector and Ricky Baker who become the targets of a manhunt after fleeing into the New Zealand bush. The film has received widespread critical acclaim. The film was certified "fresh" by Rotten Tomatoes, after it scored a rating of 97%, based on 169 reviews, with an average rating of 7.9/10. 

Our fifth and final film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi, 2016) is available to view online through a number of platforms:

Kanopy (free via Grand Rapids Public Library)
Hoopla (free via Kent District Library)
Hulu (free with subscription)
Netflix (free with subscription)
...it is also available as a paid rental through many other streaming services.


Film Introduction/ModeratorKerri VanderHoff

Film Intro / Commentary Videohttps://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3974950345889233

Filmmaker Interviews:


Related Film Recommendations:

  • Whale Rider (Niki Caro, 2002)
  • Boy (Taika Waititi, 2010)
  • Smoke Signals (Chris Eyre, 1998)
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