I was wandering the aisles of the video store last night looking for Snakeskin
(which I recently learned had Taika in it) when I spotted Scarfies
- another kiwi film I missed while I was living in London. Since it's written by Robert and Duncan Sarkies (and I'm reading Duncan's book Two Little Boys
at the moment) I thought I'd check it out.
I had no idea from the cover that Taika was even in it, let alone STARRING in it, so it was a lovely surprise!
The film centres on 5 Otago University students (scarfies) who get themselves into a whole lot of trouble, and Taika is one of the five - he has a LOT of screen time. He was Taika Cohen then though, not Waititi, and a fair bit younger too!
Here is he painted up in Otago rugby colours...
and one of his cast bio pages... (why am I not surprised the word 'antics' is used in relation to Taika?)
Anyway, the film was a lot of fun - worth a watch if you're into a little bit of Kiwi culture. (You see quite a bit of Dunedin where it's set, and the soundtrack seems to be mostly Dunedin bands which is kinda cool). There was one short scene I could've done without (scatalogical humour), but the rest was very entertaining. Check it out if you're interested...
Alas I haven't found a trailer still online anywhere, but nzonscreen (above) posted this link
to a couple of short excerpts. Netflix has it, though weirdly it's called Crime 101
for the US market - I guess they (no doubt rightly) figured no-one outside of NZ would have a clue what a scarfie is!