😻 very very very funny n well made film. very smart guys too. I miss nz sooo bad now.
Taika and Jemaine in Berlin
Illustration 237 - Module Six
A portrait of someone we admire/have strong feelings towards. Taika Waititi is a forerunner in New Zealand film and creates the most amazing films. I thought it was fitting to create a portrait representing a portion of his māoridom amongst his face.
That is lovely! -Ch
The premise – a vampire mockumentary – is so evident that you’ll wonder how you can’t remember anyone else having done it before. But Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi pull it off handsomely with their own brand of Kiwi deadpan silliness.
Seeing Jemaine do so well outside of Flight of the Conchords is bittersweet, but no time for nostalgia when he’s cranking out such good solo work (well, not solo but you know what I mean). A well-deserved winner of the Midnight Madness award.
Two cars, one night (corto) | Taika Waititi | 2003
For the first thirty minutes of What We Do In The Shadows(2014), I was worried all the jokes had been put into the trailer. Yet as the mockumentary - about a quartet of centuries-old vampires living together in Wellington, NZ - continues, there are further clever twists to the comic riffing about shared house living and being one of the undead. Infused with the deadpan humour that made Flight of the Conchords such a treat, co-writers and co-directors Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s make a good meal out of reviving antiquated vampire bits (Transylvanian accents, mirror gags, etc) against a nonplussed modern world. My favourite was the most recent vampire recruit Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer), a street-wise wannabe DJ type, whose casual attitude is best expressed in the line, “Look, vampire mates don’t eat human mates.”
All the awards
Beyond perfect and absolutely HILLARIOUS
Hi Rebecca, thanks for your message, but I must disappoint you that we’re not Taika, just his fans. He’s got tumblr, but I can’t find ‘ask’ over there, so you could send him your message, http://taikawaititi.tumblr.com/ The easiest way to reach him is via Twitter. He’s @TaikaWaititi. Or facebook.
But I think I can try to answer your question partially. Taika spent two years in Berlin some years ago and now he’s a regular at the Berlinale Film Festival, so I’m sure he had time to pick up the language. However, when he gives interviews in Germany, he doesn’t want to speak German, maybe just few words or a sentence and the rest is in English. ‘Shadows’ was the first time for me to hear him speak German. Probably he felt more comfortable, because he was in character. I loved it!
Thank you for watching his new film and please, spread the word about it. It’s out in cinemas in Germany from 30 October. Shame that dubbed German (!) version loses the original fun around the accents, but someone told me that Taika’s character has an Austrian accent, which is an interesting observation.
Thanks again and I hope you will get your questions answered by Taika himself. Cheers, Sylwia