Taika Waititi: From Vampire Satire to Soccer Drama - A Journey Through the Filmmaker's Unique Career

News - 16 November 2023
Taika Waititi is a well-known filmmaker who has gained popularity through his work on films like Thor, Jojo Rabbit, Our Flag Means Death, and much more. However, back in 2014, Waititi and Jemaine Clement co-directed the vampire satire What We Do In The Shadows, which quickly became a cult hit. The film follows the lives of Viago (played by Waititi), Deacon (played by Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (played by Clement), three vampires attempting to navigate the challenges of modern life such as paying rent, doing chores, and dealing with roommate conflicts.

When they introduce Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer), a newly-turned hipster, to the undead lifestyle, hilarity ensues.nnOne humorous plot hole in the film occurs early on when the vampires are shown making clothing choices. Despite the fact that vampires do not have reflections, their clothes should still appear in mirrors.

In one scene, Viago can be seen holding a cup that is visible in the mirror, suggesting that anything a vampire touches or wears should also be reflected.nnRecently, Waititi has completed filming his latest project, Next Goal Wins. The film tells the true story of the American Samoa football team, notorious for their 31-0 loss in a 2001 FIFA match.

Michael Fassbender stars as coach Thomas Rongen, a Dutchman who is brought in to help turn the team's fortunes around. Next Goal Wins is set for release in Dutch cinemas on January 4, 2024.nnFrom his early success with What We Do In The Shadows to his latest project, Taika Waititi has established himself as a versatile filmmaker with a unique storytelling style.

His ability to blend humor with heartfelt moments has captivated audiences worldwide, earning him critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. Whether he's working on big-budget superhero films or indie comedies, Waititi continues to push boundaries and defy expectations in the world of cinema.