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Pork Pie starts long drive to release

Punters get a first look at the tiki-touring Blondini Gang in Matt Murphy’s reimagining of his father’s feature feature with the release of the first trailer for Pork Pie.

Pork Pie stars Dean O’Gorman (The Hobbit, Trumbo, The Almighty Johnsons) James Rolleston (Boy, The Dark Horse) and Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues, Tomorrow When the War Began). The reboot drives on to screens on Thursday 2 February, just ahead of the Waitingi Day weekend. Geoff Murphy’s original Goodbye Pork Pie opened on Waitangi Day, 1981.

Rolleston, who’s recovering from his car accident shortly after the NZIFF premiere of Alison Maclean’s The Rehearsal, said, “I had the most fun of my career making this film. I can’t wait to share it with my friends and family and the wider public of Aotearoa.”

Matt Murphy’s brother, Miles, was the second unit director and sister Robin the Location Manager. Matt’s daughter, Saoirse was a costume assistant. Extending the family connections with the original production, the late Bruno Lawrence’s daughters Veronique and Melissa were script supervisors. His granddaughter Lily worked in the art department.

“I think we’ve succeeded in harnessing the spirit of Dad’s film,” said Matt Murphy. “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.”

Pork Pie trailer

Pork Pie is a Four Knights Film production in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air, Southern Light Films, Treehouse Films, Random Films, Park Road Post Production, Fulcrum Media Finance and Augusto.

Executive producers are Timothy White, Alan Harris and Tim Wood. Pork Pie will be distributed by StudioCanal.

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