Goodbye Pork Pie
Director Geoff Murphy
Production Co AMA Productions
Producer Nigel Hutchinson, Geoff Murphy
Editor Michael Horton
Screenplay Geoff Murphy, Ian Mune
Sound Don Reynolds
With Tony Barry, Kelly Johnson, Claire Oberman, Shirley Gruar, Maggie Maxwell, Shirley Dunn, Don Selwyn, Bruno Lawrence, Stephen Tozer, Frances Edmond, Ian Watkin, Marshall Napier, Bill Juliff, John Bach, Michael Woolf
Cinematography Alun Bollinger, Graeme Cowley
Screening as part of the Films that shaped New Zealand series.
One of New Zealand’s most popular and enduring films, Goodbye Pork Pie was the first box office hit of the new wave of films made in the late 1970s and early 1980s. 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 New Zealand.
It 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 and a remake is scheduled for release in February 2017.
"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. Until this film no one was quite able to believe that in a small place like New Zealand such a venture could pay its way. Now that Goodbye Pork Pie is close to recouping its budget, doubts have been allayed. This success has greatly encouraged filmmakers and people who invest in films. Industry sources are confident that several films currently being made in New Zealand have the same potential as Goodbye Pork Pie to be big in the box office… Let us salute Goodbye Pork Pie but hope its impact is merely a milestone in a continuing success story for the New Zealand film industry." – Wanganui Chronicle, 18 April 1981
"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