Story: Feature film

Goodbye pork pie, 1981 (2nd of 2)

Geoff Murphy's outrageously entertaining road movie showed New Zealanders that their own films could be as much fun as anything else in the world. Goodbye pork pie was also the first New Zealand feature to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival and sold widely overseas. Made for less than half a million dollars, it relied on the talent, resources and goodwill of local people and institutions, such as New Zealand Railways. The Southland Times slated the film's 'flagrant breaking of speed restrictions and examples of dangerous driving', but most others loved it for the same reasons. Watch this extract and see if you agree.

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New Zealand Film Commission
Reference: Goodbye Pork Pie. Producer, Nigel Hutchinson; director, producer and writer, Geoff Murphy. Pork Pie Productions and AMA Productions, 1981.

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Helen Martin, 'Feature film - The 1980s: breaking new ground', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 February 2024)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014