MUST- WATCH Wed­nes­day BOY

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SBS ONE, 8.30pm, M ( 2010)

In 1984, lit­tle boys ev­ery­where were devo­tees of Michael Jack­son’s Thriller, and Boy ( James Rolle­ston), a love­able 11- year old liv­ing in a small New Zealand town, is no ex­cep­tion. Boy, who lives with his grand­mother, lit­tle brother Rocky and an as­sort­ment of aban­doned cousins, is also crazy about his ab­sent dad, who is imag­ined in turn as a war hero, a samurai and a deep- sea diver. But when Boy’s fa­ther Alamein ( writer and di­rec­tor Taika Waititi) comes home af­ter a stint in jail, his son must con­front the re­al­ity of who his fa­ther is: a petty crim­i­nal with vi­sions of gran­deur. It’s a won­der­ful bal­ance of heart­break and hi­lar­ity. Stick around for the cred­its.

James Rolle­ston de­liv­ers a bril­liant per­for­mance in

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