Director Sam Hamilton described his experimental feature as an "independent inquiry" into 10 celestial bodies found in the Milky Way. The award-winning artist splices together images ranging from psychedelia to physics, to dancer Ioane Papali’i — shot on 16mm film across Aotearoa and Samoa, plus a remote American astrophysics observatory. Hamilton aimed to explore "who — and how — we are in relation to the world/s we inhabit". Newshub's Matthew Hutching praised Apple Pie's debut screening at the 2016 NZ Film Festival: "an absorbing, playful rumination on scientific patterns across our galaxy."
If you wish to make apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.– Quote by American astrophysicist Carl Sagan, which helped inspire the film
Made with funding from Creative NZ, The Wallace Arts Trust and CIRCUIT
Includes music by Muffin Seeks Sunship and bagpipes by John Goff
Vocals by Holland Andrews, Dan Bryant, Chiara Govando and Andrew Miller