Keep repeating: this is not Boy, this is not Boy. The trailer for New Zealand Sundance-selected film Shopping has dropped online, and it's obvious where distributor Madman got the inspiration for it, with clear head nods to Kiwi smash hit Boy littered throughout.
But this is not Boy. The feature debut of Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland (The Six Dollar Fifty Man), Shopping is a drama-comedy about two kids in a small-time criminal family.
Living in New Zealand in 1981 amid high racial tension, Willie, a half-Samoan teenager, is coming into his own. With an unpredictable father, Willie spends most of his time working at a department store or taking care of his little brother, Solomon. A chance encounter at work with an eccentric and charming "shopper" named Bennie lures Willie into a world without rules. As Willie begins to find a place in Bennie's reckless nest of criminals, Solomon grows increasingly vulnerable to their father's violent tendencies.
Shopping will be released in New Zealand cinemas on 30 May 2013.