16 August 1975 |
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter and comedian.|
Taika Waititi (born 16 August 1975), also known as Taika Cohen, is a New Zealand-born film director, writer, painter, comedian and actor named as one of Variety's "ten new directors to watch" in 2007.
His 2010 film Boy has done very well in New Zealand, eclipsing several records, and will be released in at least seven cities in the U.S. beginning 2 March 2012. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2003 short film Two Cars, One Night.
Waititi hails from the Raukokore area of the East Coast region of New Zealand. His father is a Maori of Te Whānau-ā-Apanui and his mother is Jewish. Waititi has used his mother's surname of Cohen for some of his work in film and writing. In March 2012, Waititi confirmed that he and his wife are expecting their first child together. In May 2012, Waititi confirmed on his Twitter account that his wife had given birth to their first daughter, named Te Hinekāhu.
Comedy work 
In 1999, he starred in the successful low-budget Dunedin film Scarfies.
His first feature film, the 2007 romantic comedy Eagle vs Shark, was released to U.S. theatres for limited distribution in 2007. The film stars Waititi's then real-life partner, Loren Horsley, as Lily. The same year, he wrote and directed one episode of the TV show Flight of the Conchords, and was director of another.
His second feature, Boy, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010. and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. On its release in New Zealand it received top reviews and did very well at the box office, eclipsing several records.
After the success of Boy Taika set out to take the film's signature track "Poi E" to number one for the second time on the New Zealand charts. Although his efforts did get the track to number one on iTunes and number three on the New Zealand chart, the task of reaching the prized spot was near impossible.
In 2012, it was announced he would be writing and directing a New Zealand based Vampire-Comedy, with friend and fellow comedian Jemaine Clement. It is currently being filmed in and around the capital city, Wellington.
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