Episode 13: Goodbye Pork Pie (1980)

Geoff Murphy’s Goodbye Pork Pie is one of the most successful and beloved Kiwi films ever made, yet somehow neither Hayden nor L.J. had seen it before. In this week’s Never Repeats they sit down to watch it for the first time and discuss how it plays to an audience that wasn’t even alive when it came out.

Download this episode (right click and save)

Goodbye Pork Pie posterDirector: Geoff Murphy
Producers: Geoff Murphy, Nigel Hutchinson
Screenplay: Geoff Murphy, Ian Mune
Director of Photography: Alun Bollinger
Editor: Michael Horton
Music: John Charles

…Tony Barry
Gerry…Kelly Johnson
Shirl…Claire Oberman
Sue…Shirley Gruar
Mulvaney…Bruno Lawrence
Snout…John Bach


  • Goodbye Pork Pie is very easy to see. If you want to track down a DVD copy NZ Videos should be able to point you in the right direction. A high-definition streaming copy is also available to rent or buy from NZ Film On Demand, though there are geographic restrictions.
  • You may notice a sudden drop in audio quality near the end of this episode. That’s because it was originally recorded way back before the remake had been announced and we had to go back and record some extra material to cover the topic. Unfortunately, our equipment was acting up that day and the resulting audio required some heavy noise reduction to make it listenable.
  • Due to how long ago this episode was recorded, we weren’t able to source any of the information in it from Geoff Murphy’s autobiography. If you want to know more about the man or his career it’s worth picking up.
  • The short snippet of jaunty piano music in this episode is:
    Hyperfun by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
  • Towards the end when we talk about the crossover between Pork Pie and Beyond Reasonable Doubt we make a couple of references to Beyond Reasonable Doubt being “last week’s” podcast. We ended up reshuffling our schedule well after this episode was recorded and weren’t able to easily edit those references out.
  • Rewi’s Last Stand gets a brief mention in this episode, and it is a film we’ll be covering sometime in the future. We’ll probably end up dedicating an episode or two to the films of Rudall Hayward at some point next year.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s