Pirate comedy Our Flag Means Death is about midlife crises

A still from Our Flag Means Death starring Rhys Darby (left) and Nathan Foad. PHOTO: HBO
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LOS ANGELES - Coming from a small country of five million people and feeling like you have something to prove to the world - this mentality is one reason Oscar-winning film-maker Taika Waititi thinks New Zealanders have punched above their weight in Hollywood.

And Waititi - a 46-year-old comedic actor, writer and director - has done exceptionally well here, even compared with other well-known New Zealand exports such as Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe (Gladiator, 2000) and fantasy director Peter Jackson (The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, 2001 to 2003; and the Hobbit films, 2012 to 2014).

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