|Pallet on the Floor|
|Directed by||Lynton Butler|
|Produced by||Larry Parr|
|Written by|| Ronald Hugh Morrieson (novel)|
Martyn Sanderson (screen) &
Lynton Butler, Robert Rising
|Starring|| Bruce Spence |
|Music by|| Bruno Lawrence (musical director & composer) |
Jonathan Crayford & Barry Johnstone (composer-arrangers)
Pallet on the Floor is a 1986 New Zealand made drama/comedy, based on the final novel by Ronald Hugh Morrieson. Shot in 1983 at Patea, partly in a closed-down abattoir, the film was given limited release in New Zealand three years later.
The main role of abattoir worker Sam Jamieson is played by veteran actor Peter McCauley.
Pallet on the Floor is the only feature film directed by Lynton Butler, who earlier made One of those Blighters, a television production which fictionalised Morrieson's life.
Actor and musician Bruno Lawrence contributed to the jazz score, and has a small cameo role playing Morrieson as a bass player at a wedding.
The focus of the plot was shifted to the character of the British remittance man in the hope that Peter O’Toole would take the role. This did not occur. While billed as comedy, the film depicts 1960s racism and class divisions, and maintains Morrieson's trademark preoccupations .... of sex, death, mateship, voyeurism, violence, booze and mayhem in bleak small town New Zealand.
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