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Who is Taika Waititi?

Taika David Cohen ONZM (born 16 August 1975), known professionally as Taika Waititi (is a New Zealand filmmaker, actor, and comedian.

He is a recipient of an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Grammy Award, and has received two nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

His feature films Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) have each been the top-grossing New Zealand films. Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world on its annual list in 2022.

Taika Waititi Biography, Wiki

Taika Waititi, in full Taika David Waititi, also known as Taika David Cohen, (born August 16, 1975, Raukokore, New Zealand), New Zealand comedian, director, writer, and actor who was known for his anarchic sensibility and eye for the absurd as well as for a generally humane and kind worldview.

Waititi was the son of a Māori father who was an artist and a mother of mostly Russian Jewish descent who worked as a teacher. The couple divorced when he was a young child, and he grew up mostly with his mother in Wellington, New Zealand, with many visits to his father’s home in Raukokore.

Waititi received his secondary education from Onslow College in the Wellington suburb of Johnsonville. He then studied theatre at Victoria University of Wellington (B.A., 1997).

While there he was part of the five-member comedy ensemble So You’re a Man, and later he and ensemble member Jemaine Clement formed the duo The Humourbeasts.

In 2002 Waititi was a cast member of the TV series The Strip, and during this time he created short comic films. Waititi’s other artistic endeavours included painting.

Taika Waititi Biography Wikipedia
Taika Waititi
BornTaika David Cohen
16 August 1975 (age 46)
Raukokore, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Other namesTaika Cohen
EducationVictoria University of Wellington (BA)
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter, actor, comedian
Years active1999–present
Known forBoy, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit, Free GuyT, hor: Love and Thunder, Our Flag Means Death, Eagle vs Shark
Spouse(s)Chelsea Winstanley​​(m. 2011; sep. 2018)​

Taika Waititi Career

He was a part of two comedy groups in college- So You’re a Man and The Humourbeats. He travelled across New Zealand and Australia with his comedy shows.

Taika received accolades for his performances on-stage, and the duo The Humourbeats was honoured with the Billy T Award in 1999. It was New Zealand’s top comedy award.

By the early 2000s, Taika had developed many interests, filmmaking was one of them. He began by making comedy short films, such as Two Cars, One Night. The film won many awards at the local and international film festivals, also receiving an Academy Award nomination.

In the late 1990s, he made his acting debut in the feature film titled Scarfies, playing a supporting role in the film. He followed with more acting roles in films such as Futile Attraction and short films such as A New Way Home.

In 2007, his debut feature film as a writer/director was released, titled Eagle vs Shark, which was a romantic comedy film. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was met with a good response.

Miramax purchased the rights to distribute the film in the US after watching a trailer of the film. However, the film’s performance on the box office and the critical scale was not very promising.

In the same year, he also directed a few episodes of the American sitcom titled Flight of the Conchords.

He wrote and directed his next feature-length film titled Boy, a comedy-drama film set in the 1980s. The script of the film was selected in the 2005 Sundance Writers’ Lab. 

The film turned out to be a massive critical and commercial success after its release in 2010, becoming one of the highest-earning New Zealand films of the year. The film received its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, the highest honour at the festival.

On the New Zealand box office, the film broke several records and became one of the most successful films of the decade at the local box office. In addition to writing and directing the film, Taika also played one of the key roles as the father of the main character.

In 2011, he appeared playing one of the key roles as Thomas Kalmaku in the DC superhero film titled Green Lantern. The film was a massive critical and box office debacle, leading the studio to scrap further plans of developing a sequel.

In 2014, he co-wrote and co-directed the mockumentary horror comedy film titled What We Do in the Shadows. It was the first film in what later became a franchise. Along with sharing the writing and directing credits, Taika also played the lead role as Viago in the film, which was based on one of his earlier short films.

Like most of Taika’s other films, What We Do in the Shadows also premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film turned out to be a huge critical and commercial success. It was later turned into a TV series in 2019, where Taika served as an executive producer and director.

The second season of the series received huge critical acclaim and received a Primetime Emmy nomination for the Outstanding Comedy Series.

In 2016, he wrote and directed his fourth film, an adventure comedy-drama film titled Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The film received its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and became one of the most successful films of the year. The film also received widespread critical acclaim.

2017 was a big year for Taika. He was honoured with the New Zealander of the Year Award. However, he was unable to receive his award in person, owing to his work commitments.

In the same year, he served as the director of the first major blockbuster film of his career with Thor: Ragnarok. It was a Marvel cinematic universe film, based around the superhero character of Thor. The previous films in the Thor franchise had not performed as per the expectations. Thor: Ragnarok became a critical and commercial hit and a big one at that.

The film was appreciated for its humour content and its action. The success of the film established Taika as a blockbuster director. He was then hired to direct the sequel film, titled Thor: Love and Thunder.

In 2018, he was all set to work on a stop-motion animated film titled Bubbles, which was based on Michael Jackson’s life as seen through his pet chimpanzee. However, Taika had to leave the project owing to his prior engagements.

In 2019, he wrote and directed a period comedy-drama film titled Jojo Rabbit, based on the Second World War era. He himself played a key role as Hitler in the film. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards- Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, winning the latter.

He later served as a director on a few episodes of the live-action streaming series The Mandalorian, which is based on the cult-classic Star Wars saga.

He is busy at the moment working on a few feature films, such as the live-action remake of the classic Japanese anime Akira, a Netflix animation series and Next Goal Wins.

Taika Waititi Personal Life

Taika Waititi married Chelsea Winstanley in 2011. Chelsea is a filmmaker and has worked with Taika on Jojo Rabbit and What We Do in the Shadows.

Taika Watiti has been a supporter of the New Zealand Labour Party and supported party’s Jacinda Andern during the 2017 general elections.

Taika Waititi FAQ’s

Who is Taika Waititi?

Taika David Cohen ONZM (born 16 August 1975), known professionally as Taika Waititi (is a New Zealand filmmaker, actor, and comedian.

How old is Taika Waititi?

Taika Waititi is currently 46 years old.

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