Goodbye Pork Pie
Director Geoff Murphy
Production Co AMA Productions
Producer Nigel Hutchinson, Geoff Murphy
Screenplay Geoff Murphy, Ian Mune
With Tony Barry (John), Kelly Johnson (Gerry), Claire Oberman (Shirl), Shirley Gruar (Sue), Maggie Maxwell (Maureen), Shirley Dunn (Rental Girl), Don Selwyn (Kaitaia Policeman), Bruno Lawrence (Mulvaney)
Cinematography Camera operator: Graeme Cowley and Special effects: Andy Grant
Director Geoff Murphy’s tale of two men on the run in a small yellow mini had an anti-authoritarian impulse which covered the breadth of the country, appealing to audiences across the land. “Goodbye Pork Pie” has become one of New Zealand’s most popular and enduring films, it was the first box office hit, and is the first NZ film to have a remake since Rudall Hayward’s 1940 remake of his 1925 silent film “Rewi’s Last Stand”.
“Goodbye Pork Pie” became the first locally made film to gross over $1 million at the New Zealand box office (nearly $4.5 million today), giving a boon to the local film industry and the NZ Film Commission, which was established only a few years earlier. The car itself and scenes from the film remain iconic today. Pork Pie, a modern reimagining, was released in 2017, it was directed by Geoff’s son Matt Murphy.
“This is the best feature film New Zealand has ever made. It’s as simple as that. Goodbye Pork Pie is so uniquely New Zealand that it has a charm no other film made here has managed to achieve… Pork Pie may be based on the genre of ‘road’ films, but its do-it-yourself quirkiness and the serious note that emerges as the film reaches its final destination make it something stamped indelibly with ‘made in New Zealand’ in big, bold (and proud) letters...” – Rob White, "Christchurch Star"
"In 'Goodbye Pork Pie,' the most entertaining film to emerge from the current New Zealand film renaissance, 'Easy Rider' meets the Keystone Kops. Following the classic road formula, a car chase covers the length of the country and it is a major plus that the pace, fun and general mayhem are such that the picture does not get upstaged by the spectacular scenery." – "Variety," 25 February 1981
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