Following in What We Do in the Shadows’ footsteps, Hunt for the Wilderpeople will follow a premiere at Sundance with a trip to Austin for SXSW. Taika Waititi’s film has been back to the edit suite since Sundance, and even since its media screening here, as it’s tightened up ahead of a 31 March general release.
Joining HFTW in Austin will be another Sundance-premiered feature, Jim Hosking’s The Greasy Strangler, which has Ant Timpson as one of its producers. Also with US and Kiwi connections is Jake Mahaffy’s Venice winner Free In Deed, about which the filmmaker presented at last year’s Big Screen Symposium.
Fede Alvarez, who directed the NZ-shot remake of Evil Dead, has an untitled thriller, also produced through Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi’s Ghost House, making its world premiere at the festival.
Among the shorts programmes, the programme claims James Cunningham’s Accidents, Blunders and Calamities as a world premiere in its Animated Shorts line-up. The film played, and won Cunningham the Best Director gong, at last year’s Show Me Shorts.
SXSW’s major programming coup this year isn’t product but speakers. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will present separately at sessions on civic engagement and music programme Let Girls Learn respectively,