Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a 2016 New Zealand film written and directed by Taika Waititi based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump and stars Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. The film premiered In Competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on 22 January 2016.


Ricky, a defiant young city kid, finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle Hec and their dog Tupac. A national manhunt ensues and the two have to get over their differences to survive, or risk being held to account by a woman from Child, Youth and Family.