Headline Gala

Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi delivers an exuberant and irreverent comedy about challenging dogma and hate.

Dir-Scr Taika Waititi
Prod Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley
With Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson
Cert 12A
UK Distribution Fox Searchlight Pictures

With films like Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do in the Shadows, Taika Waititi has long been amassing fans with his wicked sense of humour and smart blend of satire and pathos. Jojo Rabbit might just be his best yet. Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) is a young boy living in Germany in the final days of the Second World War. The Nazi regime is crumbling but remains stupidly vicious to the last. With his father gone – perhaps dead or even a deserter – Jojo is a game if somewhat inept member of the Hitler Youth; his closest friend an imaginary Adolf Hitler (Waititi, on hilarious form). When he discovers his mother (Scarlett Johansson) has been hiding a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace) in their house, Jojo must go to war with his own conscience. Tackling the ludicrousness of racism and nationalism, Waititi has also crafted a film of great emotional charge and tenderness, with Davis and McKenzie exceptional as unlikely allies. In a cast rich with comic genius – including Stephen Merchant, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson –Johansson is dazzling, demonstrating the full wattage of her onscreen charisma. Riotously funny, moving and relevant, Jojo Rabbit is an absolute gem of a film.

Tricia Tuttle

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Taika Waititi, director; Alfie Allen, cast; Archie Yates, cast; Roman Griffin Davis, cast; Thomasin McKenzie, cast.

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Additional information

All screenings are accessible screenings for customers who are blind or partially-sighted. The film has an audio-description soundtrack, and headphones are available on request.

The screening on Sunday 6 October is an accessible screening for customers who are D/deaf or hard or hearing. The film has English language subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio.