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Should I Be Good?

Film (Full Length) – 1985


Director Grahame McLean uses the notorious (then recent) 'Mr Asia' drug smuggling saga as fodder for this Wellington underbelly tale. Hello Sailor’s Harry Lyon headlines as a musician and ex-con who partners with a beautiful journo to investigate a global drug syndicate, in between nightclub sessions with fellow musos Beaver and Hammond Gamble. High on 80s guitar licks, Should I be Good? was made in the tax break era without Film Commission investment. McLean followed it right away with The Lie of the Land, becoming a rare Kiwi to make two movies back to back.

You just be careful this time Nat. If you get busted again, they’ll chuck the key away.
– Julie Patterson (Beaver)

Key Cast & Crew

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Grahame McLean

Producer, Director, Writer

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Simon O'Connor

As: Michael Elworthy

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Hammond Gamble

As: Ed

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Renee Witting

As: Cees van der Groot

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John Chico

As: Chico

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Robin Dene

As: Robert Appleby

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Produced by

Grahame McLean Associates


Grahame McLean Associates


Songs written by Hammond Gamble, Geoff Castle, Julie Amiet, Mike Farrell, Harry Lyon, Billy Kristian and Rob Winch

Sung by Harry Lyon, Hammond Gamble,  Beaver, Spring Rees, Geoff Castle and Rob Winch 

‘Should I Be Good?’ written by Hammond Gamble, Stuart Pearce and Kim Fowley. Sung by Gamble and Beaver 

Musical Director: Geoff Castle 


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