Amanda Viviers | 98five blogger
The minute Ricky Barker walked across my in-flight entertainment screen, I was smitten.
Produced and directed in New Zealand, this film has everything that makes a small production crew and budget film great. Character, authenticity and a whole heap of cheek.
Self proclaimed gangsta Ricky finds himself in country New Zealand and is soon on a mission to ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’. Combat paint ready, with Shakespeare in his pocket, Ricky discovers the power of nature to realign his messy life.
While adventuring, this chunky little man, who seems to have nothing, cracks a tough nut Uncle who is desperately trying to run away from the pain that continually cycles his life.
I, personally, am really affected by stories of young people, who have lived on the streets and a life of crime. To find their place in the setting of the bush and to learn the potential of being ‘a man’, sleeping under the stars and processing the grief of their stories.
With New Zealand wit and a cast of characters to boot, I have been waiting for this quirky film ever since I fell in love with BOY a film released from New Zealand quite a few years ago now.
In the words of J.K Rowling, “Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress — adventure”.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople has this and so much more.
A movie from twenty sixteen that is worth putting on your war paint, cracking a can of L&P, slipping into your jandles and tracking it down.
Amanda is a writer, speaker, creative coach, wife of Charl and novice Mum to Maximus and Liberty. She’s published three books and can be found in her beach shack, writing her fourth. Her daily blog is a Christian Media & Arts Australia best digital media project award winner. Amanda is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia and is the co-founder of Kin Women; a network created to inspire women. Along with her husband, she is co-owner of surf brand, Maximus and Liberty. They manufacture surfboards, stand up paddle-boards and merchandise to fund youth surfing projects globally. Driven by a passion for social justice, Amanda loves supporting projects for children in developing countries. Teaching children to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Follow Amanda on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest