EMPIRE 30: Special screening with EMPIRE magazine.
Teenager Rick (Dennison), an overweight hip-hop fan, finds himself living in the latest of several foster homes, where the kindly Bella (Wiata) and gruff backwoodsman Hector (Neill) do their best to accommodate (i.e. put up with) him. Then Bella abruptly disappears, and social services threaten to move Rick on. Having none of it, Rick runs away into the bush, followed by the somewhat reluctant Hector. Their ensuing adventures as they outwit an increasingly intense search for them prove both ingenious and hilarious.
Kiwi writer-director Taika Waititi has strong form in offbeat comedy following 2014’s vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, and Dennison and Neill are excellent conduits for his quietly absurdist humour. The result is one of the unlikeliest buddy movies since Planes, Trains And Automobiles.
Contains moderate bad language, innuendo and infrequent bloody moments.
Acclaimed at the time of its release forty years ago as the most exciting, stirring and perceptive youth film since REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, QUADROPHENIA was the sensational feature debut from Franc Roddam, a successful TV director who has gone on to create AUF WIEDERSEHN PET and MASTERCHEF.
Like TOMMY before it, the film was based on a concept album by ‘The Who’ and became an instant cult classic both in the UK and in America, influencing an entire generation of filmmakers. Deliberately naturalistic, the film centres on a remarkable recreation of the world of the Mods and Rockers in the mid ’60s, brilliantly capturing the essence of the era and starkly portraying the notorious pitched battles on the Brighton seafront.