New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi is set to venture to the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year with the release of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, but before then UK audiences will be able to catch his 2010 coming-of-age tale Boy, which is set for a first ever UK theatrical release this October.
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. Set in 1984, on the rural East Coast of New Zealand, Boy is a dreamer who loves Michael Jackson. Boy’s other hero, his father, Alamein, is the subject of Boy’s fantasies; 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 Alamein is an inept, wannabe gangster who has been in jail for robbery. When Alamein returns home after seven 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.
Boy will open in UK cinemas on October 13th and hits digital download on October 27th. Thor: Ragnarok meanwhile opens in the UK on October 24th.