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Coming-of-Age Cinema in New ZealandGenre, Gender and Adaptation$
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Alistair Fox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474429443

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429443.001.0001

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Delinquency and Bicultural Relations: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi, 2016)

Delinquency and Bicultural Relations: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi, 2016)

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(p.216) 17. Delinquency and Bicultural Relations: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi, 2016)
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Coming-of-Age Cinema in New Zealand
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Alistair Fox

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474429443.003.0017

This chapter shows how Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, the most successful New Zealand film to date, adopts similar stylistic methods as Waititi’s earlier hit, Boy, in order to address similar themes: the effect of emotional deprivation as a result of parental abandonment, and the search for love and family. Through a comparison with the source novel, Barry Crump’s Wild Pork and Watercress (1986), the analysis retraces the means by which Waititi converts a story involving individuals into a symbolic representation of the history of New Zealand race relations at large with the aim of proposing a fruitful way forward for the future.

Keywords:   Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Taika Waititi, Wild Pork and Watercress, Barry Crump, biculturalism, New Zealand cinema

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