Taika Waititi has made hiring Aboriginals a priority in new

Hip Hop Hollywood 04/08/2016

Kiwi Taika Waititi is the director if the eagerly awaited blockbuster Thor Ragnarok - the third film in the Thor franchise.

He has said that since he is filming in Australia, it is his priority to make sure Aboriginals are a priority in the film. 

“It’s a responsibility you have to the Indigenous people. You’re coming to a country and you’re bringing money into the economy and creating jobs but I think you have an even bigger responsibility to look after the people that have less opportunities,” Taika told Buzzfeed.

“I was exploring the idea from the moment I got to LA, telling the producers at Marvel and they were fully onboard with it. We got a few attachments and it’s really cool. We’ve got them all throughout different departments and I feel quite good about it,”

On the very first day of filming the Yugambeh people, who are indingenous to the Gold Coast, were welcomed onto the set with a beautiful ceremony. The set has also hired an Aboriginal company to supply water to the set, as well as others who are working on the film in didfferent areas such as stunts, set design, production and grips.

“We are finding those new talents and giving them an experience not many people have. I mean, I am 40 and this is my first experience on a set like this and giving that experience to young native people is invaluable and a really cool experience,” he said.

"All of my Aboriginal friends feel very much like family, and for me it’s such a weird and new thing for me to work on a Hollywood film. Having Indigenous people and New Zealanders in the crew helps calm me down and makes me feel relaxed,” Waititi said.

Awesome work from the bro Taika Waititi. Keeping us Kiwis proud.