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New Zealand shoot begins on 'Dawn Raid' music label documentary (exclusive)

Xyz/Gfc handles worldwide sales in Cannes.

Production has begun in New Zealand on Dawn Raid, the documentary about the legendary Polynesian record label that forms part of Xyz Films’ Cannes sales roster.

Emerging from humble beginnings in Auckland, New Zealand, Dawn Raid Entertainment brought urban Pasikifa to the world, creating a stable for gold and platinum-selling New Zealand hip hop and R&B artists, and a global brand and legacy that resonates throughout Zealand culture.

Xyz Films will handle global sales on the Croisette under the Xyz/Gfc Films documentary division.

Dawn Raid will explore the history of the acclaimed Polynesian record label,
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‘Moana’ Review

Stars: Auli’I Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk, Oscar Kightley | Written by Jared Bush, Ron Clements | Directed by Ron Clements, Don Hall

Moana is Disney’s latest animated film and may end up being the most original and best animated film that Disney has released in years. Disney used folklore from the Polynesian culture and based on this film, Disney should start using more culture folklore in the future to guide their films.

Moana tells the story of Moana Waialiki, voiced by the amazing newcomer Auli’I Cravalho, a sixteen-year-old daughter of Chief Tui Waialiki (Temuera Morrison) who dreams of venturing out on her own and away from her mystical island in Polynesia but is forbidden based on tales told of unknown dangers in the ocean. When the ocean (yes, the ocean is literally a character) and Moana’s grandmother (Rachel House
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New Trailer Sees Sam Neill And Julian Dennison Embark On A Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Throughout his short and blistering career, Taika Waititi has served up quirky indie romance in Eagle Vs. Shark and cast blinding light on a house filled with vampires in the really rather excellent horror comedy, What We Do In The Shadows.

It’s enough to give ardent Marvelites a tease of what’s to come, too, considering that the New Zealand filmmaker is set to helm next year’s Thor: Raganrok. But before whisking moviegoers back to the decadent halls of Asgard, Waititi is on the verge of releasing a much more intimate adventure in Hunt For the Wilderpeople.

Lifting inspiration from Barry Crump’s acclaimed 1995 adventure novel Wild Pork And Watercressa, Hunt for the Wilderpeople places Sam Neill in the shoes of Hec, a grizzled and curmudgeonly foster uncle who reluctantly agrees to take care of Ricky, a stubborn city kid (Julian Dennison). As an unlikely pair of not-so-happy campers,
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Taika Waititi Goes on the ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ in U.S. Trailer

After premiering at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, thankfully one doesn’t have to wait long for Taika Waititi‘s What We Do in the Shadows follow-up Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Set for a U.S. release in June, the film features an unlikely pair (Sam Neill and newcomer Julian Dennison) as they’re on the run from the government following a misunderstanding. Today we now have a thrilling new trailer for the adventure comedy, one of our summer must-sees.

We said in our review, “If one imagines a real-life version of Up with a bit of Thelma & Louise thrown in, they get Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Taika Waititi‘s charming on-the-run adventure comedy. Based on Barry Crump’s book “Wild Pork And Watercress,” the story follows Ricky (Julian Dennison) as a rambunctious foster child on his last straw before juvenile prison. An expert in stealing, graffiti, kicking things,
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Hunt For The Wilderpeople Review [Tribeca 2016]

Despite being known for its Bush-covered outbacks, New Zealand is becoming more of a cinematic treasure trove by the week. Movies like Housebound, What We Do In The Shadows and Deathgasm have rocked the horror circuit as of late, but the Kiwis boast more than jovial scares. Taika Waititi’s latest, for instance, made waves after outgrossing Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice at the Nz Box Office. Yes, a movie titled Hunt For The Wilderpeople struck down Zack Snyder’s superhero kerfuffle after only a few short weeks, and rightfully so. Good on New Zealand for supporting cinema in all forms, even when pitted against mass-marketed comic legends.

Waititi’s tale (based on Barry Crump’s novel, Wild Pork and Watercress) dives deep into New Zealand’s lush “Bush” environment, as two unlikely friends find themselves fleeing from government pursuers.

Actually, let me rewind for a minute – it all
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Watch: New Trailer For Taika Waititi's Adventure Comedy 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople'

As it goes with the Sundance Film Festival, some movies make waves, others flop, and others still just come and go. That's more or less what happened with Taika Waititi's "Hunt For The Wilderpeople," which earned some decent buzz if you put your ear to the ground, though it didn't quite cause a bidding war. Our own review noted that it's "a perfectly amicable dramedy" and not much else.  Read More: Chaos Is Unleashed In The First Teaser For Taika Waititi's Sundance Comedy 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople' Starring Julian DennisonSam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, and Oscar Kightley, and based on the book "Wild Pork And Watercress" by Barry Crump, it tells the story of the orphaned Ricky, who heads off into the forest with his cranky foster Uncle, Hec. Here's the official synopsis:  Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky
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Full Trailer For Festival Darling Hunt For The Wilderpeople Roars Online

During downtime between gothic hit What We Do in the Shadows and his first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with next year’s Thor: Ragnarok, director Taika Waititi carved out time to direct an atypical adventure film in the form of Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Premiering at Sundance to rave reviews, today heralds the arrival of the film’s first full trailer, and it’s one that places a laser focus on Sam Neill and Julian Dennison’s unlikely duo. Neill, sporting a beard and a gruff attitude, takes point as Nec, the curmudgeonly foster uncle that is left caring for Dennison’s unruly young city kid.

One major misunderstanding later and Dennison and Neill’s mismatched twosome are off on the run from government officials.

Hunter for the Wilderpeople will be based on Barry Crump’s acclaimed adventure novel, Wild Pork And Watercress. First published in 1995, Crump’s
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Full Trailer For Taika Waititi’s Sundance Hit ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’

He helped direct one of last year’s funniest films with What We Do in the Shadows and now before Taika Waititi takes on Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, he snuck in another feature. Hunt for the Wilderpeople features an unlikely pair (Sam Neill and newcomer Julian Dennison) as they’re on the run from the government following a misunderstanding. Premiering at Sundance to strong reviews, including our own, the first full trailer hailing from New Zealand, has now landed.

I said in my review, “If one imagines a real-life version of Up with a bit of Thelma & Louise thrown in, they get Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Taika Waititi‘s charming on-the-run adventure comedy. Based on Barry Crump’s book “Wild Pork And Watercress,” the story follows Ricky (Julian Dennison) as a rambunctious foster child on his last straw before juvenile prison. An expert in stealing, graffiti, kicking things, and many more offenses,
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SXSW Midnighters And Festival Favourites Announced

Simply put, the SXSW Film, Music and Interactive Festival is one of the biggest, most prestigious events in the media calendar. Taking place annually in Austin, Texas, it is beloved by film fans and filmmakers from all over the world, and has reached such heights by building a reputation for showcasing excellent content. This results in a high level of competition, with the Narrative Feature category alone having received 1442 submissions this year, and the documentary feature category having received 1,013.

The 2016 event looks to be particularly exciting, with many world premieres and feature debuts already announced. The Narrative Feature category will include Julia Hart’s Miss Stevens, Debra Eisenstadt’s Before The Sun Explodes, Joey Klein’s The Other Half, and Musa Syeed’s A Stray, among others, while the Headliner category will feature Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some.

The Narrative Spotlight category includes 9 Rides by Matthew A. Cherry; The Waiting
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Julian Dennison And Sam Neill Join The Hunt For The Wilderpeople In New Trailer

Before delving headfirst into the opulent world of Asgard for Thor: Ragnarok – which he claims will be a more lighthearted affair than The Dark World – New Zealand director Taika Waititi premiered the first trailer for Hunt For The Wilderpeople, one which sends Julian Dennison and Sam Neill out on an adventure.

Waititi, who earned critical acclaim with 2014’s dark comedy What We Do in the Shadows, showcased the eccentric road trip movie during last weekend’s Sundance Film Festival, and now you can feast your eyes on the director’s adaptation.

Based on Barry Crump’s acclaimed 1995 novel Wild Pork And Watercress, the official logline for Hunt For The Wilderpeople describes Waititi’s latest as so: “Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his grumpy foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues and the
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Watch: Chaos Is Unleashed In First Teaser For Taika Waititi's Sundance Comedy 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople'

Taika Waititi is about to make the leap to the big time, directing Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok." But before he jumps into the world of superheroes, he's showing the kind of edgy comedy he might be bringing to the franchise with "Hunt For The Wilderpeople," and the first teaser is here. Read More: Check Out All Of Our 2016 Sundance Film Festival Coverage Making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie stars Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, and Oscar Kightley, is based on the book "Wild Pork And Watercress" by Barry Crump, and tells the story of Ricky, who turns the lives of everybody upside when he goes on the run. Here's the official synopsis:  Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella,
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Sundance Film Festival 2016 Premiere and Spotlight Movie Lineup and Special Events

Sundance 2016 is fast approaching. Last week we posted the movie lineup of Midnight and Competition film selections. We now have the complete lineup for the premieres in both the feature film and documentary categories. We also have their selections for the Spotlight and Kid films. I've also included a list of special events.

There are a lot of great films on this list that I'm excited about seeing because of the incredible talent involved. Viggo Mortensen and Frank Langella star in Captain Fantastic; Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams star in Certain Women; Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover star in Complete Unknown; Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez star in The Fundamentals of Caring; John Krasinski directed a film called The Hollars which he stars in with Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, and Charlie Day; Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has made a new
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Sundance ’16: Reichardt, Marston, Sachs, Solondz, Stillman & Lonergan Among Premieres

Sundance programmers have unveiled what is a jaw-dropping, savoury Premieres line-up. With names such as Asif Kapadia (Ali & Nino), Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women), Joshua Marston (Complete Unknown), Ira Sachs (Little Men), Whit Stillman (Love & Friendship), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), Todd Solondz (Wiener-Dog) and James Schamus’ directorial debut (Indignation), the 2016 edition could be considered a “gold” level edition that in the decade plus years we’ve been covering the fest easily rivals what we might find in the Main Comp in Cannes later that year. In addition to titan auteurs names mentioned above, the fest also have faves in Anne Fontaine, Taika Waititi, John Carney and Diego Luna on tap plus will showcase work from Matthew Ross (directorial debut – Frank & Lola) and Matt Ross (sophomore film – Captain Fantastic). Here is the Premieres line-up.

Agnus Dei / France, Poland (Director: Anne Fontaine, Screenwriters: Sabrina N. Karine, Alice Vial, Pascal Bonitzer) — 1945 Poland: Mathilde,
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Sundance 2016. Lineup

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Kate Plays ChristineThe lineup for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, taking place between January 21 -31, has been announced.U.S. Dramatic COMPETITIONAs You Are (Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, USA): As You Are is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation. Cast: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti, Scott Cohen, Mary Stuart Masterson. World Premiere The Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker, USA): Set against the antebellum South, this story follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. After witnessing countless atrocities against fellow slaves, Nat devises a plan to lead his people to freedom. Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Jr. World PremiereChristine (Antonio Campos,
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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight
Top brass at the Park City festival have rounded out the feature line-up with a dazzling selection on paper that includes new work from Asif Kapadia and other returning alumni such as Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi and Joshua Marston.Scroll Down For Full List

Road movie The Fundamentals Of Caring by Rob Burnett starring Paul Rudd will close the festival, while Maggie Greenwald’s Sophie And The Rising Sun is the Salt Lake City Gala Film. Heid Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You is a Day One Film.

The Premieres line-up introduces Indignation, the feature directorial debut from former Focus Features CEO and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon screenwriter James Schamus, and the latest world premieres from John Carney, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs and Diego Luna.

The Documentary Premieres section encompass latest films from Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, Liz Garbus and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

The Spotlight
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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight
Top brass at the Park City festival have rounded out the feature line-up with a dazzling selection on paper that includes new work from Asif Kapadia and other returning alumni such as Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi and Joshua Marston.Scroll Down For Full List

Road movie The Fundamentals Of Caring by Rob Burnett starring Paul Rudd will close the festival, while Maggie Greenwald’s Sophie And The Rising Sun is the Salt Lake City Gala Film. Heid Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You is a Day One Film.

The Premieres line-up introduces Indignation, the feature directorial debut from former Focus Features CEO and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon screenwriter James Schamus, and the latest world premieres from John Carney, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs and Diego Luna.

The Documentary Premieres section encompass latest films from Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, Liz Garbus and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

The Spotlight
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Sundance 2016 Adds ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Wiener-Dog,’ ‘The Lobster,’ and More

After unveiling what’s sure to be a great many discoveries with their competition, Next line-up, and more, Sundance Film Festival 2016 have now revealed their premieres line-up. “Many of our selections this year reveal that what resides at the core of captivating stories are fascinating, and at times heroic, characters,” programming director Trevor Groth says. “In shining light on these people, independent filmmakers are doing what they’ve always done best: connecting the dots of human existence with a deeply charged emotional current.”

Featuring new films from Kenneth Lonergan, Werner Herzog, Kelly Reichardt, Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi, Ira Sachs, Whit Stillman, and more, check out the line-ups below, along with images where available.

Premieres

A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.

Agnus Dei / France, Poland (Director: Anne Fontaine, Screenwriters: Sabrina N. Karine, Alice Vial, Pascal Bonitzer) — 1945 Poland: Mathilde, a young French doctor,
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'Rabbit', starring 'Fury Road’s' Abbey Lee, to be pitched at Pfm

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'Rabbit', starring 'Fury Road’s' Abbey Lee, to be pitched at Pfm
Abduction thriller voted to UK market by Melbourne’s 37º South Market.

Sales agents from across the world yesterday voted David Ngo and Rabbit as the producer and project at the Melbourne International Film Festival’s 37º South Market to attend the UK’s Production Finance Market (Pfm) in October.

Rabbit is a psychological thriller about a girl’s search for her abducted twin sister and it has actors Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Alex Russell (Chronicle) attached.

It is written by and will be the feature directorial debut of Luke Shanahan, who met Ngo in 2009 when both had films competing at Australian short film festival Tropfest.

“It’s in the style of Let The Right One In and Rosemary’s Baby,” said Ngo, whose first feature was director Nick MatthewsOne Eyed Girl, winner of best feature at last year’s Austin Film Festival.

The popularity of the projects Cargo and Achtung Road, also
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Best British (Commonwealth) TV from Acorn Media in June 2015

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Harry Acorn Media Rlj Entertainment

By Kieran Kinsella

Acorn Media have long been known as the U.S. distributors of the finest British TV shows but in the last few years they’ve cast their net a little further to cover the former British Empire. Over the next few weeks they’ll be releasing some of the very best dramas from around the English speaking world. So without further ado, let me begin this week’s reviews with a saga from the ends of the Earth — literally!

Harry is a detective show from the land down under the land down under: New Zealand. As anyone who has seen Black Sheep or Lord of the Rings knows, New Zealand produces a wide variety of dramas ranging from the comically absurd to the brilliant. Harry is closer to the latter although it’s 21st century, metropolitan setting is far removed from the
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