Costars Julian Dennison, James Rolleston bond over new film Uproar

Cinema audiences can choose to support local this weekend and in doing so can soak up the performances of two of Aotearoa's finest young actors.

Julian Dennison of Hunt for the Wilderpeople and James Rolleston of Boy fame are together in a new film called Uproar.

So here's a classic Kiwi situation. Two household names, two of Taika Waititi's most successful young padawans, in the same film.

Boy breakout James Rolleston and Wilderpeople's wonderkid Julian Dennison have been kicking around the local film scene since they were young, but they'd never actually met.

Now they're on the big screen playing brothers in rugby film Uproar.

Shot in Ōtepoti Dunedin and set against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1981 Springbok tour, Dennison's Josh Waka is the beating heart of the story as a young Māori teenager out of step with who he is and where he belongs.

And Dennison said his Josh felt a lot like him.

"He's a young actor, he went to an all-boys school - I went to an all-boys school," he told Newshub.

"But even growing up with one parent who is Pākehā and one parent who's Māori and how you navigate that... I very much related to him in that aspect of feeling a tension of the two worlds."

Two brothers on the big screen felt a lot like it off-screen. The Uproar film whānau is a special one.

"When all of us cast came together we just clicked, you know," Rolleston said. "It definitely helps when you've got a Rhys Darby in your corner cracking the odd dad joke here and there."

We would expect nothing less.