Al Shaw (Bruno Lawrence) retires from auto racing to take over his father's garage in rural New Zealand. His cosmopolitan wife, Jacqui (Anna Jemison), is happy that he's no longer risking his life on the Grand Prix circuit, but she quickly becomes. Smash Palace is a New Zealand feature film that premiered at Cannes in May and was released theatrically in April The film chronicles a former. Smash Palace: Directed by Roger Donaldson. With Bruno Lawrence, Anna Maria Monticelli, Greer Robson-Kirk, Keith Aberdein. After the break-up of his marriage. Synopsis: After the break-up of his marriage, a racing driver sets out to get back his daughter - at any cost. Show more. Al Shaw (Bruno Lawrence) retires from auto racing to take over his father's garage in rural New Zealand. His cosmopolitan wife, Jacqui (Anna Jemison). Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his backcountry junkyard, the "Smash Palace". Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and Smash Palace Bar is the home of good times in Gisborne New Zealand since With great live music, delicious drinks + food and awesome locals - as well. SMASH PALACE started when our old bar - GOODBYE BLUE MONDAY - fell down in the Christchurch earthquakes. SMASH PALACE was located on Victoria Street. Much of the film Smash Palace centred on a car wrecker's yard, modelled on the massive one at Horopito, just north of Ohakune at the foot of Mt Ruapehu. Smash Palace concerns itself with the marriage of former racing driver Al (Bruno Lawrence, The Quiet Earth) and French-born Jacqui (Anna Jemison, Nomads).