No Petrol, No Diesel! (2009)

Why is one of the world's biggest corporations trying to buy a dowdy little backwater petrol station? Rex Devlin wouldn't sell Devlin Motors and now all of a sudden he's dead. The police ... See full summary »


Stefen Harris


Stefen Harris


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Credited cast:
Colin Barrett Colin Barrett ... Sid
Charlie Belvie Charlie Belvie ... Olly
Janice Gray Janice Gray ... Stella
Mark Hadlow ... Mr Bligh
David McPhail David McPhail ... Elvis
Jim Moriarty Jim Moriarty ... Oscar
Helen Pearse Otene Helen Pearse Otene ... Frankie
Sue Wells Sue Wells ... Carol Adams


Why is one of the world's biggest corporations trying to buy a dowdy little backwater petrol station? Rex Devlin wouldn't sell Devlin Motors and now all of a sudden he's dead. The police say he fell asleep at the wheel of his car and just failed to take the corner. Then it transpires the guy who was so eager to buy the place is working for Overseas International Liquids, one of the biggest corporations in the world. Oscar Devlin has come all the way from Hollywood to sort out the near bankrupt gas station but things aren't going to be that simple. Things have changed in Temuka over the past ten years. Oscar suspects foul play over Rex's death and he has a fight on his hands with the mysterious Mr Bligh who just won't take no for an answer. Written by Anonymous

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A small town, on State Highway 1, where nothing ever happens...


Comedy | Drama




New Zealand



Release Date:

1 August 2009 (New Zealand) See more »

Filming Locations:

Temuka, New Zealand


Box Office


NZD50,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Dark Horse Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Cityscape Magazine Review - 2009 New Zealand International Film Festival
13 April 2010 | by stef-145See all my reviews

No Petrol, No Diesel! is a sheer work of art. made on a very limited budget, the movie delighted the entire audience the night I saw it. The storyline works well and keeps us holding on for more right to the very end. Humour? can't fault it. no Petrol, No Diesel! maintains humor levels throughout, which is quite a feat in any movie. It is quite hilarious, from gentle snigger's to laugh-out-loud one-liners. Local actor Mark Hadlow does a brilliant job in the truly dislike-able Mr Bligh, a role he obviously relished, while David McPhail's laid back small-town policeman, is great stuff. The film also stars Jim Moriarty as Oscar Devlin who returns from USA to take over the Temuka service Station left to him by his adoptive father Rex. Consummate actress Helen Pearse-Otene plays Oscars adoptive sister.

As in his previous film The Waimate Conspiracy, Stef Harris has once again highlighted social issues. In No Petrol, No Diesel! the underlying theme is the starvation of rural communities by the big corporates. Here however the little guy comes out on top. We wouldn't have expected anything else from this superb piece of thought-provoking entertainment, now would we?

I loved this movie and have already recommended it to friends.

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