Pork Pie

Pork Pie - 2017

Blondini Enterprises - 105 min.

DVD UPC/EAN #9338683122131(AU/NZ); 9317731131219
Blu-ray UPC/EAN #9338683122179(AU/NZ); 9317731134562(AU)

Principal Cast: Dean O'Gorman, James Rolleston, Ashleigh Cummings, Antonia Prebble, Matt Whelan, Siobhan Marshall, Ben Mitchell, Thomas Sainsbury, Geraldine Brophy, Rima Te Wiata
Crew: Screenplay: Matt Murphy; Director of Photography: Crighton Bone; Editor: Jonno Woodford-Robinson; Production Designer: Seth Kelly; Costume Designer: Kristin Seth; Hair & Makeup Designer: Jacqui Leung; Composer: Jonathan Crayford; Producer: Tom Hern; Director: Matt Murphy.

Pork Pie tracks the escapades of a trio of accidental outlaws as they travel the length of New Zealand in a yellow MINI Cooper S, protesting conformity and chasing lost love with a posse of cops and a frenzied media in hot pursuit. This is a updated version of the 1980 hit, 'Goodbye Pork Pie', which was directed by Matt Murphy's father, Geoff Murphy. Although there are pluses and minuses concerning both this and the original, I think I still prefer the original. The photography of 'Pork Pie' is better than the original and I did get a couple of laughs from the last 30 minutes, but the script and acting is weak. Sequels and redos seldom match the originals and this is no exception.

Censor Rating: M - Review Rating: B-

Pork Pie trailer
Official MP4 Trailer


Starting 24 May 2017, a PAL R4 DVD can be purchased from New Zealand sources for $30-40. It is presented in a 2.38:1 format, 16x9 enhanced, with a DD Surround 5.1 English language track.

On the same date, there is a Region B Blu-ray release, selling for $35-45, with DTS-HD-MA 5.1 English language track. There are optional English subtitles. Extras (all at 1080p): 'Meet the Pork Pie Mini' (1:57), 'Invercargill - Home of the Blondini Gang' (2:04), 'In Conversation with director Matt Murphy' by Liam Maguren (11:21), 'Pork Pie eating Competition in Maketu' (2:23).

Starting 16 August 2017, the DVD and Blu-ray will be available from Australia sources.

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No known soundtrack cd of this title as of 30 March 2017.

What follows are details about the attached mp3 clip, as related by the composer, Jonathan Crayford

"This is a cue known as 'Fist Bumps To Bongo' in the official APRA cue sheet and is
also registered as a song.It scores the passage where the main characters finally
unite - fist bump each other and drive through Roxburgh greeted like heroes.I tried
to imagine a song that might be played at the local folk club.
The instrumentation is: Soprano and Alto recorder Harpsichord Picolo Bass
Bodhrán Vietnamese Water Bowl Various Percussion and ToysViolinsMustang Bass
The instrumentalists are: Jonathan Crayford - Harpsichord, Picolo Bass Chris O'Connor
Bodhrán, Cymbals, Water Bowl Miguel Fuentes - Percussion Miranda Adams - Violin.
The rest of the instrumentation (horns, strings, orchestral percussion) was achieved
using the Vienna Sample Library. This is how I did the bulk of the score - in
similar combinations. It's interesting to note that I made use of the picolo bass
rather than the guitar throughout the score except in a a couple of critical moments
which tend to relate to Luke (James Rolleston's character)."

'Fist Bumps To Bongo' - MP3 clip from this title's soundtrack

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2017 - New Zealand Cinematographers Society's Gold Award - Crighton Bone
2018 - Film Club's The Lost Weekend Award - Matt Murphy - Audience Favorite

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