Such a great photo with Taika and your BOY DVD cover is beyond amazing! Before and during the screening of Two Cars, One Night and BOY
I met up with kipples and her friend Eric earlier in the day as they arrived at their hotel. At first my friends and I only had tickets to the screening of BOY whilst kipples and Eric didn't have any since tickets sold out quite quickly but I was confident we could somehow get our hands on some tickets. I decided to ring up The Barbican to double check whether it was sold out and luckily, the person I spoke to on the phone said that there had just been a cancellation so kipples and Eric were able to attend.
Kipples and Eric were sitting in the row behind me and my friends and once I caught kipples’ attention, kipples pointed out that Taika was upstairs so I looked up and there Taika was looking quite dapper in a suit jacket, grey waistcoat, grey trousers and black t-shirt hanging out on the stairs talking to a couple of people. Iain Morris, writer of The Inbetweeners and a couple FOTC episodes came to sit on the other side of the same row as me.
During the introduction of Two Cars, One Night, Taika amused the audience by generally being quite awkward, laid back and acting as if he didn’t quite know what to say. He started off by saying that he came in from LA which he described as a place in America as the person who introduced Taika was unsure of whether he came in from LA or NYC. He talked about being incredibly jetlagged and that it felt as though everything was moving around him, even the jagged structures on the walls but then went on to say that the place looked cool. He described the New Zealand Film Festival as a showcase of the “life and works of Taika Waititi” and thanked the organisers. He also asked how many New Zealanders were in attendance and since there were quite a few cheers, Taika was like “eurgh”.
He talked a bit about the cast of BOY by talking about James Rolleston and how the lead actor was re-cast because he grew up fast but he was given another role. He also talked about where BOY was filmed and how practically everyone in the town is a relative of his. Since he had already watched the films, he said he would just leave after giving his introduction but in fact it turned out that he stayed and mingled with everyone outside the cinema at the bar outside afterwards.
After Taika’s introduction, they showed this advert for the New Zealand Film Festival
and they also showed advert for New Zealand with a focus on the rugby. One by One by The Black Seeds happened to also be playing in the background.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching both Two Cars, One Night and BOY on the big screen. It was also really interesting listening to people’s reactions throughout both films. There was lots more laughter than I was expecting, especially during Two Cars, One Night. There was applause at the end of each film and after the Thriller/Haka dance during the credits. Thus I would say both films were very well received by the audience.My encounter with Taika
After the screening we saw Taika hanging out with Iain and a few other people so kipples and I just waited for the right time to go up to him and say hello. I followed kipples’ lead and she introduced herself to Taika and once Taika caught sight of her Crazy Horses t-shirt, he had a big smile on his face and was like, “Heeeyyy!” and hugged kipples. Then I introduced myself and he said in a really upbeat manner, “Hi, I’m Taika!” He had the cutest smile on his face and gave me a big hug which was really unexpected and nearly made me melt.
Kipples handed over her DVD to be signed by Taika and he said that he needed a flat surface so we just followed behind him and waited for him to finish signing her DVD which ended up taking quite a while! As you can see, he gave kipples’ DVD an awesome makeover!
In the meantime, I saw Iain momentarily standing to the side by himself after he finished talking on the phone so I went up to him to introduce myself and said that I recognised him since I’m a big fan of The Inbetweeners. He seemed quite surprised and impressed that I recognised him lol and he was just really friendly. He told me that one of the actors in The Inbetweeners was here and he happened to be Joe Thomas who plays Simon in the show. Joe walked over so I shook his hand. He was very easy going and they were all having some banter about why Joe wasn’t there for the actual screening since he hasn’t seen Boy and he was joking around about his girlfriend being part of the reason why he couldn’t make the screening. We talked about the upcoming Inbetweeners movie and I told them that I had seen the teaser trailer. I asked Joe for a photo and he replied, “Of course, yeah sure!”. They were all really down to earth and easy going.
Once Taika was done signing kipples’ DVD cover, I asked both Taika and Iain to sign my FOTC S1 DVD cover. Iain had a look at all of the autographs and asked where he should sign since the front is quite full so he ended up signing the back. I told them about who I've got to sign the DVD so far and Iain talked about how amazing Arj was at Edinburgh last year and said, “Oh, you got Aziz to sign it too”. Iain then went on to say that we could have a debate about who wrote the best episode, him or Taika. Kipples mentioned that Iain wrote 'The Actor' in Season 1 of FOTC but Iain didn’t seem to remember the name of it or something lol. Taika laughed and said that he was glad that she remembered since Iain doesn’t seem to.
At some point, I told Taika how much I love BOY and that my friends who hadn’t seen it before really enjoyed it too and he smiled and thanked me. I also told him that I was attending the screening of Eagle vs Shark which is one of my favourite films and he was like, “Oh really? I’m glad, thank you”. After that I asked Taika if I could take a photo with him. At first he put his arm around me and we just smiled for the camera. And then he said something along the lines of, “We have to do the Crazy Horses sign now!” so we took another photo doing the gang sign. I also asked Iain for a photo whilst he was waiting for drinks at the bar.
More photos are up on my Facebook profile.
I’ll write up about our experience the day after at the Tama Tu & Eagle vs Shark screening + Q&A soon.