Eagle vs Shark

"All hail the rise of the geek-edy, taken to its obvious perfection in Taika Waititi's feature film Eagle vs Shark." — Mark Bell, Film Threat
Director: Taika Waititi
Year: 2007
Country: New Zealand
Running time: 93 mins


New Zealand
Producers: Ainsley Gardiner, Cliff Curtis
Screenplay: Taika Waititi. Based on a story by Loren Horsley, Taika Waititi
Photography: Adam Clark
Editor: Jono Woodford-Robinson
Production designer: Joe Bleakley
Costume designer: Amanda Neale
Sound: Nic McGowan
Music: The Phoenix Foundation
M violence, offensive language

With: Loren Horsley, Jermaine Clement, Brian Sergent, Rachel House, Craig Hall, Joel Tobeck

Festivals: Sundance, Rotterdam. Berlin, SXSW, San Francisco 2007

Infamous for feigning sleep at the Oscars when the nomination for his short film Two Cars, One Night was announced, filmmaker Taika Waititi continues his singular, subversive and glittering career with this deliciously tangy, deadpan feature debut. Starring talented local actors Loren Horsley, who co-wrote the screenplay with Waititi, and long-time collaborator Jemaine Clement, one half of singing duo Flight of the Conchords, Eagle has been described as a romantic version of cult comedy Napoleon Dynamite - except that it's funnier and way more surreal. Horsley plays Lily, an awkward, sweet-natured girl with stringy hair, who is quite captivating once you get to know her - only no one ever bothers. She works as a cashier in the fast‑food joint Meaty Boy and pines after Jarrod (Clement), the self-aggrandising, clueless geek from the computer store across the mall. Determined to make him her own, Lily crashes Jarrod's fancy dress party dressed as a shark and impresses the self-styled ‘Eagle Lord' enough with her costume and gaming prowess to score a tour of his bedroom. Soon Lily and her brother Damien (Joel Tobeck, in droll form as a compulsive impersonator) are driving Jarrod back to his home town to confront his childhood nemesis. But here Jarrod's self-absorption blossoms so mightily it threatens to drive away even the most adoring of girlfriends. Charming music from The Phoenix Foundation underscores every step of the turbulent romance. Filmed on locations around Wellington and Titahi Bay, with art direction that implies it might still be the 1980s, at least in Lily's imagination, Eagle is a hilarious, endearing look at life on the geek side.

Taika Waititi will be attending all screenings.

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