It’s hello good-bye from ‘Pork Pie’ crew

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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

WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

James Rolle­ston and Ash­leigh Cum­mings, stars of Pork Pie, stopped off in Palmer­ston North be­fore head­ing to Welling­ton.

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