Jojo Rabbit released a teaser trailer and poster today. The film will premiere at TIFF 2019. Then opening in the US and NZ in October, with the rest of the world to follow.
‘Aroha Bridge’ is back with a cartoon snapshot of the multicultural melting pot that is Aotearoa, Focusing on authentic, urban Māori characters with humour and style, the cartoon broadens out to follow the adventures of the whole Hook whanau as they navigate the complex and hilarious circumstances growing up in a bicultural and eclectic community.
This series delves even deeper into the racial politics and millennial Māori anxieties that manifest in the animated hubbub suburb of ‘Aroha Bridge’. The extended Hook family are a micro society unto themselves and this season we explore the wacky wider Aroha Bridge community – hustling hoodlum Tapi (Julian Dennison), track-suit-wearing Whaea Bubbles (played by Rachel House), and a strangely altruistic Mayor (Oscar Kightley). Mixed in with the regular all star cast of jock aunts, activist uncles, internalised-racism fathers and more. Our core cast returns in full; Jessica Hansell, Madeleine Sami, Rizván Tu’Itahi, Frankie Stevens, and Scotty Cotter. Aroha Bridge is a multi-cultural medley that all kiwis can relate to.
Enjoying a cult following, and based on a comic strip, the series is created by writer and musician Jessica ‘Coco’ Hansell. Hansell directs with Simon Ward, illustrations from Don Brooker, and the show is produced by Morgan Waru at Piki Films.
The series will launch on 25th July, with episodes broadcasting weekly on Māori Television Service, all available online on MTS’ On Demand service at www.maoritelevision.com.
Production is underway in Auckland for Piki Films’ new feature film, Baby, Done staring Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Rose Matafeo (The Breaker Upperers, Funny Girls) and English actor Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Me Before You).
From the production house behind Kiwi box office hits Hunt for the Wilderpeople andThe Breaker Upperers, Baby, Done follows the story of Zoe (Rose Matafeo), a tree surgeon who becomes pregnant to her long-term boyfriend Tim (Matthew Lewis) and subsequently freaks out – comically trying to rush through her dreams before she turns into a mum.
Written by actress Sophie Henderson (Human Traces, Fantail) and directed by Curtis Vowell (Fantail), Baby, Done is the married duo’s semi-autobiographical story inspired by their own reaction to starting a family.
Baby, Done is the couple’s second feature together after their critically acclaimed film, Fantail which won over audiences both at home and internationally, winning a People’s Choice Award at Melbourne International Film Festival.
“I’m super excited to be in a legit movie,” says Matafeo. “I failed NCEA level 3 drama, so this is a big win for me personally. I’ve known and admired Sophie and Curtis since I was a little teen fan of the Auckland creative scene and it’s a dream to be working with them, plus it’s so nice to have to an excuse to come back to NZ so I can open all the mail my Nan has been saving for me.”
Matafeo’s co-star Matthew Lewis added: “I’m really thrilled to be involved with this project. I fell in love with the script immediately and the team of creatives behind it. I’m also a big fan of Rose and her work and so to be opposite her shooting in beautiful New Zealand will be a privilege and I’m looking forward to bringing this story to life.”
Director Curtis Vowell commented: “Sophie and I are over the moon to be working with Rose and Matthew – they are hilarious together and their chemistry is electric. We’re already having a lot of fun making it and can’t wait to deliver it to the world.”
Baby, Done will be produced by Morgan Waru. Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok, What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Carthew Neal Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Breaker Upperers, Tickled) are executive producers.
Baby, Done will be made with investment by The New Zealand Film Commission, Wallace Productions Limited and Department of Post. The film will be distributed in New Zealand by Madman and Piki and in Australia by Madman in 2020.
Netflix has secured all rights, excluding Australia and New Zealand, to comedy duo Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek’s The Breaker Upperers. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi was an executive producer on the project, having previously worked with directors Sami and van Beek when they acted in his features What We Do In The Shadows and Eagle vs Shark. Netflix plan to release in 2019.
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The Breaker Upperers is enjoying huge local success, and continues it’s rave review streak after a stellar run at SXSW. NZ Herald’s Francesca Rudkin calling it “laugh out loud funny” and the “perfect picker upperer.”
"THE PERFECT PICKER UPPERER..."
The film crossed the million dollar mark at the New Zealand box office after just two weeks, and grossed more in it’s first four days than ‘Bridesmaids.’ It continues to screen in theatres across the country after more than a month of release, with movie goers tweeting and hash tagging up a storm.
Festival darlings Jackie Van Beek and Madeleine Sami continue their post-SXSW festival buzz with Sydney Film Festival’s opening night gala featuring The Breaker Upperers. The film is released in Australia in late July.
Principal photography on JOJO RABBIT has begun in and around Prague, Czech Republic. The film is written and directed by Taika Waititi (HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE, THOR: RAGNAROK) and stars Golden Globe® nominated Scarlett Johansson (AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, LOST IN TRANSLATION), Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS), Rebel Wilson (PITCH PERFECT, BRIDESMAIDS), Thomasin McKenzie (THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES, LEAVE NO TRACE), and introducing Roman Griffin Davis as Jojo. The film’s producers are Waititi, Carthew Neal (HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE) and Chelsea Winstanley (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS) with Kevan Van Thompson (THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE) serving as executive producer.
“I’m stoked to begin shooting my anti-war satire. We’ve assembled an incredible cast and I couldn’t be more excited to finally ridicule Nazis and their beliefs. This film is going to piss off a lot of racists and that makes me very happy,” said Waititi.
In JOJO RABBIT, writer director Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to a World War II satire. The story follows an awkward young German boy (Roman Griffin Davis) raised by a single mother (Scarlett Johansson), and whose only ally is his imaginary friend Hitler (Waititi). His naïve patriotism is tested when he meets a young girl (Thomasin McKenzie) who upends his world views, forcing him to face his biggest fears.
Joining Waititi on the film is director of photography Mihai Malaimare Jr. (THE MASTER), production designer Ra Vincent (THOR: RAGNAROK), editorTom Eagles (HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), costume designer Mayes Rubeo (THOR: RAGNAROK) and make-up and hair designer Dannelle Satherley (HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE).
The third season of Aroha Bridge has begun production and is set to air on Maori Television in 2019.
As an antidote to Valentine’s Day, here is an exclusive first look at the upcoming sales title premiering at SXSW, from the teams behind “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”, “Boy,” and “What We Do In the Shadows” - THE BREAKER UPPERERS
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. They’re a platonic, codependent couple who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test.
THE BREAKER UPPERERS bring the comedy band back together! Written, directed by and starring Jackie van Beek (What We Do In the Shadows) and Madeleine Sami, the film brings back New Zealand favorites James Rolleston (Boy) and Rima Te Wiata, Cohen Holloway, Oscar Kightley (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), and from across the ditch, Australian comedian Celia Pacquola (Rosehaven).
Executive produced by Taika Waititi (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok), the film is produced by Carthew Neal (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Tickled), Ainsley Gardiner (Boy, Eagle v Shark) and Georgina Conder (Free in Deed, Consent) under the Piki and Miss Conception Films banner. THE BREAKER UPPERERS was made in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, Wallace Productions and Department of Post.
The film will be co-distributed in New Zealand by Madman NZ and Piki Films and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. Emily Gotto and Carthew Neal of Piki Films are handling sales for the rest of the world.
FAFSWAGVOGUE.COM is an interactive documentary taking you into the LGBTQ vogue dance scene in the world’s biggest Pacific city. Choose striking characters and battle locations to the become the judge in a unique battle, then, choose a winner to unlock documentaries revealing the personal lives of five young Performers.
Our digital experience uses a gaming methodology; drawing the audience into the story through intuitive interactions, while learning about vogue culture. These interactive elements allow users to control aspects of the experience, involving them in the story and allowing them to play an active role throughout. Through interactivity, our audience naturally becomes more engaged with the characters and will spend more time learning about them. Directed by Tanu Gago. Produced by Morgan Waru & Carthew Neal. Interactive by RESN
Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami’s comical feature film The Breaker Upperers has been announced today to receive its world premiere at the prestigious SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas.
A hilarious comedy about two best friends who run a business breaking-up couples for cash, The Breaker Upperers was written, directed and stars ‘triple threats’ Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami as well as the welcome return of Boy and Pork Pie star James Rolleston to the big screen. Carthew Neal (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Tickled), Ainsley Gardiner (Boy, Eagle v Shark) and Georgina Conder (Free in Deed, Consent) have produced the film under the Piki and Miss Conception Films banner with Taika Waititi (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnorok) an executive producer. The film will premiere at the festival in March before opening in New Zealand theatres on May 3rd.
Jackie van Beek commented, “I’m so excited to be premiering our new comedy at SXSW amongst a great line-up of other films. I’m an avid lover of country music, so premiering in Austin, Texas is a double whammy for me.”
Madeleine Sami continued, “Jackie and I set out to make a LOL film about two women who make a lot of mischief. I’m hoping we can make a lot of mischief in Austin too!”
With buzz around the film already building, The Breaker Upperers is set to be the smash hit Kiwi film of the year. Today’s announcement also sees the release of the films first still showing van Beek, Sami and Rolleston with newcomer Ana Scotney in action.
The Breaker Upperers was made by Piki Films and Miss Conception Films in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, Wallace Productions Limited and Department of Post Limited. The film will be co-distributed in New Zealand by Madman NZ Limited and Piki Films Limited and in Australia by Madman Entertainment Pty Limited.
Taika Waititi's “Thor: Ragnarok” has topped the $650 million milestone in worldwide grosses in less than three weeks.
The weekend saw the third Thor movie dominate the worldwide moviegoing business for a second consecutive weekend. It hit $75.9 million internationally to total $438.5 million with a take of $56.6 million domestically for a total of $211.6 million.
Globally, “Thor: Ragnarok” has already topped the lifetime totals of both 2011’s “Thor” ($449 million) and 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World” ($644 million). The international total has also eclipsed the earlier 2017 releases of Fox’s “Logan” at $391 million and Warner’ Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” at $409 million, to place it as the ninth biggest release of 2017 internationally.
Disney said Sunday that “Thor: Ragnarok” is tracking 12% ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and +21% ahead of “Doctor Strange” at the same point of its release.
Aroha Bridge will begin production with Jessica Hansell, Morgan Waru and Simon Ward at the helm. The season is funded by New Zealand on Air for 18 x 8min episodes to screen on Maori Television in 2018.
THE BREAKER UPPERERS is written and will be directed by van Beek and Sami who will also play the lead roles of Jen and Mel, a pair of cynical misfits who earn a living by breaking up unhappy couples for cash. Australian comedian Celia Pacquola joins the cast along with Kiwi favourites including Rima Te Wiata, Cohen Holloway and Nic Sampson. This feature also marks the return to the big screen of actor James Rolleston who joins the cast playing a young man desperately in need of THE BREAKER UPPERERS services to break up with his overbearing girlfriend Sepa (played by newcomer Ana Scotney).
Sami and van Beek are looking forward to shooting the feature which at its core tells the story of two woman working out life’s many twists and turns and choosing their own path rather than one prescribed to them.
“When Jackie came to me with this premise I loved it,” says Sami. “After years of workshops, raising kids (Jackie not me), maintaining long distance relationships (me not Jackie) and hours of writing in cafes all over Auckland it's exciting to have the opportunity to bring this story to life with the help of our talented cast and crew.”
“After being friends for so long, Madeleine and I thought it might be time to convince the world to let us co-write, co-direct and co-star in our own movie. And now we have an amazing team of people supporting us to do just that!” adds van Beek. “Most of our key cast and crew are women which feels exciting. And many of our heads of department are job sharing in order to fulfill their filmmaking ambitions whilst also raising families. If this film helps to establish this model as a popular way of working I'll be extremely happy.”
THE BREAKER UPPERERS will be produced by Carthew Neal (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Tickled), Ainsley Gardner (Boy, Eagle v Shark) and Georgina Conder (Freed in Deed, Consent) under the Piki and Miss Conception Films banner. Taika Waititi (Boy, What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) is acting as executive producer.
“I’m so happy that our second Piki film is going into production,” says Waititi. “Madeleine and Jackie are two of the smartest and funniest people I know and I can’t wait to see what they do with this hilarious script. Women are hugely under represented in the film industry so I’m very proud that two of our best comedians, who just happen to be women, are getting to make their movie. I’m also particularly over the moon that we get to see James Rolleston in front of the camera again.”
THE BREAKER UPPERERS will be made with investment by The New Zealand Film Commission, Wallace Productions and Department of Post. The film will be distributed in New Zealand by Madman Entertainment and Piki and in Australia by Madman Entertainment in 2018.
Empire Magazine names Hunt for the Wilderpeople #1 film of 2016! Read the article here.
The film smashed it at the UK & US box office and still plays on in theatres now. Sam and Julian attended the UK launch and caused their usual trouble. Watch them being hilarious on the ONE show here. Julian also travelled to the US & AUE for its launch.
The film continues to play in festivals around the world. Recently winning at a Bali festival and a German festival selling out six sessions in one night.
The film is available in many countries now on this link.
Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople script won the New Zealand Writer's Guild SWANZ award for best feature.