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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

An absolutely delightful comedy from New Zealand, Hunt for the Wilderpeople sees young city kid Ricky (Julian Dennison) find a reasonably good life with Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and her grumpy husband, Hec (Sam Neill) on a farm after years of being rejected from various foster homes. When Bella suddenly dies, Child Services announces its intention to move Ricky yet again, causing him to run away from home, prompting Hec to go after him. Things get carried away, and soon a nation-wide manhunt is under way to retrieve the pair. Though the pair don't get along initially, the experience causes them to bond, forcing them to hide out in the bush while the authorities search for them. Directed by the hilarious Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a warm and funny film that's sure to work its way into your heart. 

Available on Kanopy (requires an eligible library membership)

The Castle

A true Australian classic, The Castle is a hilarious and heartwarming comedy for the whole family. Upon learning that his family must give up their home so that the local airport can build an extension, Darryl Kerrigan (Michael Caton) takes the fight to court in an effort to stay put. Why? Because a man's home is his castle, of course! Funny and quotable in a way that will ring true for practically every Aussie household, The Castle is impossible to dislike. Chances are that you'll laugh, cry and laugh again. 

Available on Kanopy (requires an eligible library membership)

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.