‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, the latest film from New Zealand director Taika Waititi, was selected as one of two recipients of the Dolby Family Sound Fellowship which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
Sundance Institute® and the Dolby® Institute, along with the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund, provided the film with a range of post-production resources to fulfill the creative potential of its’ sound design.
Waititi’s latest film tells the story of a young defiant city kid, Ricky, who finds himself on the run with his cantakerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. As panic sets in, a national manhunt ensues and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to ensure their survival.
The fellowship allowed Waititi to tell his story the way he wanted, “It will help the soundscape of the New Zealand bush – a character in the film – come alive in a major way and take the film to the next level”.
Ray Dolby’s appreciation for great film sound hopes to inspire independent filmmakers to focus on sound design and mixing during the creative process. The award is about identifying new films with potential for an inventive use of sound, but that lack the resources to accomplish their creative vision.
Equal parts road comedy and coming-of-age drama, Waititi masterfully weaves this piece of lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison.