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“Two young men set out on a thousand-mile escapade in a tiny, yellow, stolen car.“GOODBYE PORK PIE is the exciting story of two very different young men - and of their incredible (and often very funny) thousand mile journey in a very small, stolen, yellow car.“Gerry is young and restless and unemployed. He lives in an isolated small town in the far north of New Zealand, so when the car gives him the chance to head to a big city, he moves fast and starts looking for excitement.” - New Zealand Film Commission;; 29/01/2014.

“Pork Pie is the story of two young men who journey from Northland to Invercargill, pursued by police most of the way, in a very small yellow car. Their escapades grow to front-page proportions, and the reputation of the police hangs on their capture. En route, and hard up, the travellers sell off pieces of the car to finance their journey” (Vernon Wright, “Goodbye Pork Pie, hello success”, NZ Listener, 7 February 1981.)

“In movieland’s world of tinsel and superlatives, the term blockbuster can truly be applied to the film Goodbye Pork Pie which on Thursday became the first New Zealand film to make a box office gross of $1 million. That’s more than twice the amount grossed by any other film made in this country. The success of Goodbye Pork Pie has sent our film industry into raptures. And understandably so. Nearly 500,000 people have seen it in this country. It has been sold to 26 overseas countries and the New Zealand Film Commission is negotiating with others” (“Hello Success”, Wanganui Chronicle, 18 April 1981.)

“I enjoyed the film when I first saw it and still do. I think it has a warm feeling. I get genuinely involved in the build-up of the chase, even though when I see that scene with the mini humping up and down in the car yard I wonder how they got away with it, it’s so sexist. You wouldn’t get away with it now [...] As part of the promotion for the film Tony Barry and I were driven round the centre of Palmerston North in an open-topped white convertible, sitting on the top waving to the crowd. I was really embarrassed. All I’d done was five days in a film about nothing much. When I consider the creative input I’ve put into parenting, as most women have, I think we should all be carted around in white convertibles and cheered, but not for five days work in a movie” (Shirley Gruar in Barbara Cairns & Helen Martin, “Shadows on the Wall: a study of seven New Zealand feature films”, Auckland, Longman Paul, 1994, pp.57-58.)

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Year 1981

Reference number F7935

Source Moving Image Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:45:00

Production company AMA

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Credits Director: Geoff Murphy Producer: Nigel Hutchinson Producer: Geoff Murphy Director of Photography: Alun Bollinger Camera: Graeme Cowley Screenplay: Geoff Murphy Screenplay: Ian Mune Editor: Michael Horton Sound: Don Reynolds Art Director: Kai Hawkins Art Director: Robin Outterside Music: John Charles Cast: Tony Barry , Kelly Johnson , Claire Oberman , Shirley Gruar , Maggie Maxwell , Shirley Dunn , Don Charles Selwyn , Bruno Lawrence , Stephen Tozer , Frances Edmond , Ian Watkin , Marshall Napier , Bill Juliff , John Bach , Michael Woolf Cameo appearance: The Wizard Funded By: New Zealand Film Commission Special Effects: Andy Grant Stunt Driver: Petre Zivkovic;

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