It’s hello good-bye from ‘Pork Pie’ crew
The cast and crew from Pork Pie brightened the day as their yellow convoy streamed through Palmerston North.
Reliving the road trip from the remade film before the movie is released in cinemas on February 2, members of the Blondini gang took a pit-stop in The Square.
They began the road trip in Kaitaia on January 26, and stayed in Palmerston North for just a few hours on Sunday before heading to Wellington.
Actors James Rolleston and Ashleigh Cummings were both here for the first time, but producer Tom Hern said he had a special connection with the city.
‘‘I’ve always come to the Palmy speedway with my dad. He’s a speedway nut.’’
Spending time at the track with his father was always a highlight, he said.
Despite his fond memories of Palmerston North, Hern said the city did not feature in the movie as it was simply impossible to feature every Kiwi location.
‘‘We can’t feature every township. Even my hometown rarely features, which is Christchurch,’’ he said.
‘‘That’s why we are here because even some of the townships that don’t feature in the film we really wanted to come and see.’’
It was a film for all of Aotearoa, which was why the ‘‘travelling circus’’ had made its way across the country, he said.
‘‘It’s a next generation Pork Pie for a next generation audience.’’
Rolleston, who lives in Auckland, said the drive from Taihape to Palmerston North was beautiful and The Square was a great place to stop.
‘‘I’ve only been here for half and hour and I’m already loving it. It’s a beautiful park.’’
Rolleston had been convoying with the team across the country, despite dealing with fatigue from a car accident in July last year.
The road trip was still difficult at times though, and he sometimes needed to have breaks to regain his energy, he said.
Actress Ashleigh Cummings who lives in Los Angeles and had never been to Manawatu, said she liked the eco-friendly region with its many wind turbines and green parks.
During the stop-over, the cast and crew also challenged Palmerston North people to see how many pies they could gobble down in two minutes.
‘‘I've always come to the Palmy speedway withmy dad. He's a speedway nut.’’
'Pork Pie' producer, Tom Hern
James Rolleston and Ashleigh Cummings, stars of Pork Pie, stopped off in Palmerston North before heading to Wellington.