Pork Pie DVD Reviewed By Jon E Clist



The Premise
Pork Pie tracks the escapades of a trio of accidental outlaws as they travel the length of the New Zealand in a yellow mini, protesting conformity and chasing lost love, with a posse of cops and a media frenzy hot in their pursuit.

The Review
Just in case you have been living under a rock for the past million years, Pork Pie is a modern remake of the 1981 film Goodbye Pork Pie. While Pork Pie is directed by Matt Murphy. The original was directed and cowritten by his father Geoff Murphy. Nice to see the film making gene is being passed on and in a strong way.

The adventure is still much the same and for the most part has just been tweaked to fit the modern generation and I love that. In fact, it is so cool that there will be a new bunch of people who will see this film and potentially love it whilst never having seen the original and perhaps not even being aware of its very existence. That is kind of cool.  “For me it's less about comparing ourselves to the original and more about making something that has the same adventurous, rebellious experience for a generation of young Kiwis. That was who was packing out the cinema in 1981.”
– Producer Tom Hern in the NZ Herald, 2 June 2016

We live in a world that has changed in so many ways since the 80’s and you couldn’t make the same films anymore, not only from a political point of view but in general social conscience. When I sit back and watch some of the comedy that I grew up with and love such as Monty Python or Billy T James, it doesn’t take too long before something pops up that would be deemed to racist or sexist to have in content today. I guess in some areas we have lost the ability to laugh at ourselves.

That being said, it is cool that the feel of Pork Pie is much the same as the original film and that the new cast bring the same sense of fun to a film about taking a mini to Invercargill. Director Matt Murphy has done a smashing job of creating an adventure car chase film that has you engaged throughout. “I'm really proud of what we've achieved. I think we've succeeded in harnessing the spirit of Dad's film while delivering some great entertainment for a new generation. We've made our own road to Invers with this film, but there’s no mistaking it's from the same family as the original.”
– Director Matt Murphy.

The cast is brilliant and in the lead roles you have a couple of locals who are dazzling examples of the great talent we have in New Zealand. O’Gorman has been a hard working actor for a long time now and outside of Shortland Street, he worked under the radar overseas for a long time until his break through performances in The Hobbit films. He brings a wonderful blend of desperation, passion and drama to the forefront in Pork Pie. Then you have the kiwi wunderkind, James Rolleston bringing the fun and frivolity to the fray. What a brilliant combination that is accentuated even more with the addition of the wonderful Ashleigh Cummings. While she is still a bit of a new-comer to the world of cinema, she has already had a great career in TV in series such as Gallipoli, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Puberty Blues. I think we will see a lot more of her on our Big Screens in years to come.

Goodbye Pork Pie Cast Kelly Johnson, Claire Oberman & Tony Barry
In researching this remake I came across this awesome quote relating to one of the original cast members thoughts on the film. “Original Blondini gang member Tony Barry has praised the remake of Goodbye Pork Pie, particularly for its treatment of women. Barry played the character "John" in Geoff Murphy's 1981 original film.”
– Stuff January 30th, 2017

The Verdict
Another great kiwi film and yes it stars James Rolleston… He is certainly connecting himself with great local cinema and is fast becoming the must have in films.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 24th May 2017
Rating: M – Contains Violence, offensive language, drug use and sexual references
Duration: 105 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy, Kiwi
Starring: Dean O'Gorman, James Rolleston, Ashleigh Cummings
Director: Matt Murphy (Debut Feature Film)

The Extras
In 2014, a remake of the film was announced, with Matt Murphy — one of Geoff Murphy's sons who had worked on the original version — as director. The same year, a re-enactment of the Lake Hawea chase was filmed to promote the New Mini, which will feature prominently in the remake, simply known as Pork Pie.

Filming of Pork Pie started in March 2016. Dean O'Gorman, James Rolleston and Ashleigh Cummings have been announced to star as Jon (John), Luke (Gerry) and Keira (Shirl) respectively.

Dean O'Gorman and Ben Mitchell both starred in Shortland Street (1992).


Ben Mitchell appeared in two episodes of the first season of Outrageous Fortune (2005), which starred Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall whom co-star in the film.

The 3rd time Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall have worked together. They worked together on Outrageous Fortune (2005) and The Blue Rose (2013).

This is the third-time Antonia Prebble and Siobhan Marshall have worked together, they also starred in The Blue Rose and Outrageous Fortune.

Ben Mitchell whom plays the motorcycle cop in the film was born the same year as Goodbye Pork Pie (1980) which this film is a remake of.


Antonia Prebble worked on the film between seasons of Westside (2015).