Heading over the ditch for the Sydney Film Festival has proved a successful outing for BOY after it was officially announced today that BOY has won the 2010 Audience Award for Fiction Feature Film. This is the first time in twenty years a New Zealand film has won the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival, since An Angel at My Table in 1990.
This impressive win is a huge boost for the Australian release of BOY in August. Two of the most successful New Zealand films to have been released in Australia were Whale Rider and Once Were Warriors and winning this award has given BOY the potential to give these films another run for their money across the Tasman, after over-taking both in the New Zealand box office charts.
BOY is likely to crack $9m at the NZ box office in the next few of weeks and the distributors are eager to motivate the NZ public that have not seen this film to do so before Australia claim it as their own! Rumors abound that the goat will be removed from BOY and be replaced with a kangaroo, to create a more Australasian film. “Come on Kiwi’s let’s put that box office as far out of reach of Australia as we can!” commented Transmission Films this morning.
BOY, written, directed and starring Taika Waititi is a hilarious and heartfelt coming-of-age story. Set on the rural East Coast during the 80’s, BOY tells the tale of Boy, Rocky and their inept wannabe gangster father Alamein. Inspired by Waititi’s Oscar-nominated Two Cars, One Night and his own childhood in Waihau Bay.
Released through Transmission Films on 54 screens nationwide, BOY has now widened to over 75 screens throughout the country due to popular demand.