A film from New Zealander, Taiki Waititi
, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, is now finally available Stateside, on DVD and Blu-ray, and now streaming on Netflix.
The longer story goes... it's 1984, and Michael Jackson is king - even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy (yes, that's what he's called) an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after gran leaves for a week, Boy's father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version - an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters... oh, and did I mention there's a Michael Jackson sub-plot...
It's a whimsical coming of age story that's recommended.
In addition to the Sundance Film Festival, the film won the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival, won the Audience Award at AFI Fest, and won the Grand Prix-Best Feature Film, Generation K Plus at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Check out the trailer below: