A hugely entertaining memoir from a great entertainer - Geoff 'Goodbye Pork Pie' Murphy tells it like it really was in this director's cut of his life and times.
The tell-all memoir from a pioneer of the modern New Zealand film industry. From do-it-yourself no-budget shoots in the 1960s, when he and his friends more or less invented local film making, to being a highly paid hired gun in Hollywood, Geoff Murphy offers a rollicking insight into the industry and a remarkable life and career.
Murphy's early trio of films - Goodbye Pork Pie, Utu and the Quiet Earth - are milestones in Kiwi movie making. Prior to that he had been a struggling school teacher, then a member of a madcap band of merry pranksters known as Blerta, touring the country to play music and eventually committing some of their escapades to film. Eventually recognised as a gifted director, Hollywood came calling, and his later career was just as wild, working with the likes of Dino de Laurentis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mick Jagger. Retyrning to New Zealand as second unit director on Peter Jackson's epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, Murphy continues to make his presence felt in the modern world of Kiwi cinema.
Featuring personal and location photography from his entire career, this is the story of a legendary life in film by a central figure in the New Zealand industry's evolution.