Reeling in the years, Bruce Babington

A Life on Film: I’m Taking this Bloody Car to Invercargill!
Geoff Murphy
HarperCollins, $40.00,
ISBN 9781775540793

Okay, there was this guy Murphy back in the 1970s. Somehow, in near impossible conditions, he made three of the foundational feature films of the contemporary New Zealand cinema: Goodbye Pork Pie, Utu and The Quiet Earth. (Two others were made by Roger Donaldson, along with a sixth, though Murphy has no time for it – Tony Williams’s Solo, as influential in different, slower-releasing ways.)

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