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Carry Me Back

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 1982

Parental Guidance

After hitting Wellington for a Ranfurly Shield game, two brothers from the sticks (Grant Tilly and Pork Pie's Kelly Johnson) have to sneak their abruptly deceased father back home. If the body isn’t buried there, they won’t inherit the family farm. Set back when "blokes were blokes and sheilas were their mums", director John Reid’s shaggy dog tale — a Weekend at Bernie's, reeking of stale beer and ciggies — both lauds and satirises the Kiwi male. Among the six clips, the final clip sees Tilly's character getting things off his chest, now that Dad is finally unable to answer back. 

... don’t you ever bloody listen? The law says he can’t be buried on the farm unless he actually died there. So until we get him home Jimmy, he’s got to be alive and kicking.
– Arthur (Grant Tilly) to his brother (Kelly Johnson)

Produced by

Kiwi Film Productions


Kiwi Film Productions


Soundtrack includes performances by the Evening Post Onslow Brass Band