It must be a sign of the times that film lovers, makers and critics from around the world sat in a massive theatre in Toronto and collectively cried with laughter while people donned Nazi uniforms and screamed "Heil Hitler!" at one another.

Either a sign of the times or - as it was frequently referred to at the Toronto Film Festival - "the Taika Waititi effect". Probably both.

The most anticipated film of the annual festival, and indeed the year, Jojo Rabbit involves a Māori/Jewish director playing an imaginary - and frankly absurd - version of Adolf Hitler, as the

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TAIKA: A FILMOGRAPHY