SHOPPING Trailer Brings Out The BOY

Simon de Bruyn, Contributing Writer
Keep repeating: this is not Boy, this is not Boy. The trailer for New Zealand Sundance-selected film Shopping has dropped online, and it's obvious where distributor Madman got the inspiration for it, with clear head nods to Kiwi smash hit Boy littered throughout. 

But this is not Boy. The feature debut of Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland (The Six Dollar Fifty Man), Shopping is a drama-comedy about two kids in a small-time criminal family.

Living in New Zealand in 1981 amid high racial tension, Willie, a half-Samoan teenager, is coming into his own. With an unpredictable father, Willie spends most of his time working at a department store or taking care of his little brother, Solomon. A chance encounter at work with an eccentric and charming "shopper" named Bennie lures Willie into a world without rules. As Willie begins to find a place in Bennie's reckless nest of criminals, Solomon grows increasingly vulnerable to their father's violent tendencies.

Shopping will be released in New Zealand cinemas on 30 May 2013.
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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Keep repeating: this is not Boy, this is not Boy."

    I haven´t seen that one......for me it´s more like, Once Were Warriors (1994) type story.

    But it looks nice, thanks for the trailer, Mr de Bruyn.

  • Simon de Bruyn

    The quirky font, the odd deadpan humour etc. are the signposts for Boy. But yes, I think the drama of the piece hews closer to those other NZ films.

  • mightyjoeyoung

    Oh yeah...?
    Well....it looks interesting.

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