Vertigo Releasing has secured UK and Ireland rights to Curtis Vowell’s New Zealand comedy Baby Done from Taika Waititi and Carthew Neal’s Piki Films to release in 2021. Vertigo will also handle distribution in South Africa.
The film is written Sophie Henderson and is a semi-autobiographical story inspired by her own reaction to starting a family with her husband (and the film’s director) Vowell. Comedian Rose Matafeo plays a woman who fears her dreams of adventure will be thwarted when she becomes pregnant and so rushes through acheiving her wild dreams before the baby arrives. Matthew Lewis co-stars.
Baby Done is produced by Morgan Waru and executive produced by Oscar-winner Waititi and Neal, the duo who collaborated on Jojo Rabbit and Hunt For The Wilderpeople. Vertigo previously handled the UK-Ireland release of Hunt For The Wilderpeople in 2016.
Henderson and Vowell previously collaborated on 2017 short Grow Joe and comedy-drama Fantail, which screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2014.
Piki Films recently announced three projects with Māori writers, focusing on stories about the effects of colonisation.