Six things we learned at the Hunt for the Wilderpeople Q&A at Palace Cinemas

Taika Waititi‘s New Zealand-set and produced Hunt for the Wilderpeople releases this week and we were lucky to be in attendance at the film’s Sydney premiere.

Alongside getting to see the film itself (look for our review later in the week), we were also treated to a short Q&A with director Taika Waititi and cast members Julian Dennison and Sam Niell.

Here’s what we learned:

Hunt for the Wilderpeople was filmed over five months during New Zealand’s winter. The crew joked about the conditions, calling it “Their Revenant“.

Julian’s personal pick for hardest scene to film was one that ended up on the editing room floor. The scene itself was pretty simple, with Ricky wading into a frozen river and remarking on how cold it was. However, it’s easy to imagine Dennison making you laugh with it.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is definitely a movie with its fair share of physical comedy. For better or worse, however, Julian had to use a stunt double for most of it.

At one point in the film, Ricky and Hector encounter a rare New Zealand bird believed to have been extinct since the 20s. Taika described the process of recreating that bird – in both sound and look – to be a particularly fun process.

The hilarious birthday song that Bella Faulkner (Rima Te Wiata) sings in the trailer for the film is one of the standout funniest moments of the film.  Surprisingly, the song itself was improvised – with the three actors sharing the credit.

The scene where Hector and Ricky fight off a massive wild pig was one of the hardest to film. The props and costume itself were just very grotesque (and unrealistic to look at) but they managed to edit around it.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is out this week.