Rikky and Pete

Rikky and Pete is a 1988 Australian film directed by Nadia Tass, written by David Parker, and starring Stephen Kearney and Nina Landis.[2]

Rikky and Pete
Film poster
Directed byNadia Tass
Produced byDavid Parker
Nadia Tass
Written byDavid Parker
StarringStephen Kearney
Nina Landis
Tetchie Agbayani
Bill Hunter
Bruno Lawrence
Bruce Spence
Lewis Fitz-Gerald
Dorothy Alison
Don Reid
Music byEddie Rayner
Brian Baker
Phil Judd (songs)
CinematographyDavid Parker
Edited byKen Sallows
Film Victoria
Cascade Films
Distributed byUnited Artists
(MGM/UA Communications)
Release date
  • 1988 (1988)
Running time
101 minutes
Box officeA$1,071,875 (Australia)


Rikky Menzies (Nina Landis) is an out-of-work geologist and aspiring singer (vocals by Wendy Matthews). Her brother Pete Menzies (Stephen Kearney) is a misfit inventor. To find peace of mind and escape the ire of Police Sergeant Whitstead (Bill Hunter), they travel the outback of Australia until they reach the desert mining town of Mount Isa and its own zany individualists.



While United Artists provided $3 million of the budget, the rest of the money raised privately in Australia through 10BA. Shooting took place in Melbourne and Broken Hill.[1]


Box office

Rikky and Pete grossed A$1,071,875 at the box office in Australia,[3] which is equivalent to $2,014,185 in 2009 dollars.


Most of the songs on the album were written and/or performed by alumni of Split Enz and their later bands Crowded House, The Makers, and Schnell Fenster.

Rikky and Pete – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
1."Pete's Theme" (a.k.a. "Rikky and Pete (Theme)")Anthony Edward Rayner, Brian BakerThe Makers1:51
2."Recurring Dream" (originally by the Mullanes)Neil Finn, Paul Hester, Craig Hooper, Nick SeymourCrowded House2:52
3."Rikky's Sample"Rayner, BakerThe Makers0:42
4."Fingers Crossed"Phil JuddNoel's Cowards2:38
5."Cold Shoulder"JuddNoel's Cowards2:29
6."In the Dark"JuddNoel's Cowards2:56
7."Tears of Joy"JuddNoel's Cowards2:50
8."Just Like You"JuddNoel's Cowards2:28
9."Hard to Believe"JuddNoel's Cowards2:51
10."Pete's Ride"Rayner, BakerThe Makers1:46
11."As Good as It Gets"Rayner, BakerThe Makers1:10
12."Run a Mile"Noel Crombie, Michael den Elzen, Nigel Griggs, JuddSchnell Fenster3:02
13."Return to Melbourne"Rayner, BakerThe Makers1:02
14."Perfect World"Chris StockleyBlue Healers2:43
15."Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy"Rayner, BakerThe Makers1:08
16."Last Call for Love"Keith GlassKeith Glass and the Honky Tonks2:39
17."How Many More Moves"GlassKeith Glass and the Honky Tonks3:31
18."Hell of a Job"GlassKeith Glass and the Honky Tonks3:51
19."Whitstead"Rayner, BakerThe Makers1:25
Total length:43:45



  1. David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p327-329
  2. Philippa Hawker, "Rikky, Pete and mine over matter", Cinema Papers, May 1988 p26-28
  3. Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office Archived 18 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Holmgren, Magnus. "Rikky and Pete (soundtrack)". hem2.passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 30 August 2003. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  5. "Rikky and Pete – Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  6. "Rikky and Pete Music Credits" (PDF). Oz Movies. Retrieved 24 November 2017.

Further reading

  • Murray, Scott (editor), Australian Film, 1978-1994, Oxford, 1995. ISBN 0-19-553777-7
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