Following the brilliant What We Do In The Shadows (2014), and on the way to much bigger things with Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel, director Taika Waititi has been on the Hunt For The Wilderpeople in between. His quirky indie road movie has just enjoyed its premiere at the Sundance Festival, and with that comes the first teaser trailer, introducing us to Julian Dennison's (Paper Planes) "very bad egg" Ricky.
Based on the 1995 novel Wild Pork And Watercress by Barry Crump, Hunt For The Wilderpeople sees Ricky going on the run after being threatened with a life in foster care. Struggling to make it alone in the wilderness, he is rescued by the curmudgeonly Hec (Sam Neill). But when the pair get stranded, social worker Paula (Rachel House) believes them to have absconded together, and the result is an eventful cross-country chase with Ricky and Hec pursued by Paula and her hapless cohort Oscar Kightley.
Dennison and Neill are both picking up great notices as the odd couple at the heart of the "very serious film", so expect it to make some international inroads in the reasonably near future, although it currently has no release dates outside the festival circuit. Crump's original novel is out of print at the moment, but that will probably change before long.
Hunt For The Wilderpeople is out in cinemas now.