Hollywood hooked on Kiwi classic

Ricardo Simich,
Spy News,
Publish Date
Saturday, 29 October 2016, 3:05PM
Dean O'Gorman stars in the reboot of Goodbye Pork Pie.
Dean O'Gorman stars in the reboot of Goodbye Pork Pie.

Excitement is hotting up around the reboot of classic Kiwi flick Goodbye Pork Pie.

Earlier this month the trailer for Pork Pie, which will hit cinemas February 2017, was released to much acclaim, and now producer Tom Hern has just returned from the US and the UK where he was whipping up interest.

The reboot of the 1981 Geoff Murphy epic — which sees the “Blondini gang” drive a mini the length of the country with the cops in hot pursuit — 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 early cut of the film that I shared offshore was very well received. Hollywood execs are blown away by what we’ve achieved with our relatively low budget and a load of Kiwi ingenuity,” said Hern.

This week one of the Mini Cooper’s from the movie was up for auction on Trademe.

They were particularly moved by the film’s big beating heart.”

It seems O’Gorman is a secret weapon.

“One particular industry heavy hitter was blown away by Dean O’Gorman’s performance and has commented that he is already thinking about which of his future movies he can cast Dean in . . . It seems Dean is quite the star on the rise!”

Spy isn’t surprised — O’Gorman was a fabulous Kirk Douglas in Trumbo.

Hern is over the moon with the edit: “The action is massive but it’s not all car chases and explosion, the characters are Kiwis we can all relate to.”

And he is proud of how “our film tips its hat to the original. However, we’ve brought a freshness and uniqueness to our version. It has a spirit of its own.

“This one is for a new generation of fans, as well as fans of the original. Some plot points have to be approached differently in the modern era too. With the advent of social media for example, the prospect of being an outlaw on the run in 2016-17 is quite a different prospect to what it was back in the day!”

And the early cuts are resonating with the punters too. One told Hern: “Man, that movie makes me want to want to live my life to the full … and go for what I love! I’m thinking about putting that quote on the poster.”

Hern says initial responses from festivals and international buyers are promising.