Pallet on the Floor

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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 Basil Spence
Marshall Napier
John Bach
Bruno Lawrence
Terence Cooper
Peter Rowley
Ian Watkin
Music by Bruno Lawrence (musical director & composer)
Jonathan Crayford & Barry Johnstone (composer-arrangers)
Cinematography Kevin Hayward
Release dates 1986
Running time 88 min.
Language English

Pallet on the Floor is a 1986 New Zealand made comedy and horror film, based on the 1976 novel (his last novel) by Ronald Hugh Morrieson. The film was shot in 1983 at Patea, in a closed-down "meatworks" (abattoir), but was not released until 1986. Bruno Lawrence wrote the jazz score, and has a small cameo role playing Morrieson as a bass player at a wedding.

Though starring notable New Zealand actors and musicians, the focus of the plot was shifted to the British remittance man in the hope that Peter O’Toole would take the role. 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.[1]


Life was hard enough for Sam Jamieson without Jack Voot’s lechery and Miriam Breen’s jealousy. Then life at Kurikino erupted into a sensation of murder and blackmail, turning his life into a nightmare from which the efforts of Tinny Entwistle, Gigglejuice Saunders and the Remittance Man could not save him. But Spud McGhee had an idea .... . Sam never gets round to working on his cottage, he goes to the Brian Boru the only hotel in Kurikino, run by Amos Blennerhasset. Wife Sue is pregnant. Sam works at the big slaughter-house across the bridge at the foot of the hill known as the Works.[2]


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  1. ^ New Zealand Film 1912-1996 by Helen Martin & Sam Edwards p121 (1997, Oxford University Press, Auckland) ISBN 019 558336 1
  2. ^ Publisher’s blurb on the back cover of the 1976 novel