Goodbye Pork Pie - 1980
NZ United Corp./NZ Railways/NZ Motor Corp. - 91 or 102 min.
DVD UPC # 5050232705681; 9315842028664; 9418212007402
Cast: Tony Barry, Kelly Johnson, Claire Oberman, Shirley Gruar, John Bach, Bruno Lawrence.
Writers: Geoff Murphy, Ian Mune; Editor: Michael Horton; Photography: Alun Bollinger; Music: John Charles;
Producers: Geoff Murphy, Nigel Hutchinson; Director: Geoff Murphy.
An out-of-work teenager finds a driver's licence and uses it to take a hire car for a joy ride south from Kaitaia. In Auckland, during an encounter with a traffic cop, a stranger come to his aid. The latter has just seen his wife leave him to find some space in Invercargill. Having no money, the teen's hire car is his means to get to see her. This is basically a comic, buddy road film that broke many barriers. It was the first to recover its costs from the local market, and It proved that a totally New Zealand film product could be not only entertaining, but profitable. Although it has some editing and other production flaws, it was well done for such a low budget film (less than $400,000nz). Recommended.
Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: B-