up a whole range of emotions, Red Dog is a terrific film based on the
true story of an Australian dog who
belonged to nobody and everybody
and who finally found a master he could
truly love until a tragic event took
him on an incredible journey...
HE COULD NOT HAVE CHOSEN A WILDER OR MORE DESOLATE PLACE to fetch up in. But
then Red Dog (played by the gorgeous, beautifully-expressive Koko in what is
understandably described as "a career-defining role") wasn't
an ordinary dog, as the folks in Dampier, Western Australia, will tell you.
Dampier is a small town where men come from all over the world looking for employment
at Hamersley Iron. The sun beats mercilessly down and the work is hard. But
after the sun goes down, the men who have sweated and toiled the day away make
their way to the industrial hick town's only pub, The Mermaid Bar, where they
can reminisce about their home towns, drink, fight and talk some more about
their home towns.
Red Dog is humorous,
tragic, romantic, emotive
and ultimately a
a particular night in 1979, the people of Dampier are preparing themselves for
the worst when a stranger, Thomas (Luke Ford) arrives to witness many people
visiting a sick dog. Red Dog has eaten poison and may well die a situation
that affects the whole town.
Red Dog turned up in Dampier in 1971. Everyone knows and loved this dog, who
made an instant impression on the locals. Red Dog is a real character who will
be sadly missed, and for once everybody agrees about the seriousness of the
situation. Each one has a story to tell about him; especially Jocko (Rohan Nicol),
whose tragic past has never left him. And he is not the only one with every
reason to be grateful to Red Dog…
When new company bus driver John Grant (the superb Josh Lucas: Sweet Home
Alabama) shows Red Dog who's boss, a very special friendship is born; and
it is Red Dog who is partly responsible for the romance between John and the
new secretary, Nancy Grey (Rachael Taylor: Transformers).
Although Red Dog also known as The Pilbara Wanderer is nomadic,
making his way out into the bush before very determinedly hitching a ride back
to town again, he and John become inseparable. Sometimes Red Dog even hitches
a lift just for the hell of it.
There is a terrific, cartoon-style, showdown with Red Cat from the Dampier Caravan
Park and Red Dog reveals the secret life of one of the toughest workers in Dampier.
But tragedy waits and Red Dog sets out to search for his past, covering many
miles in the process and becoming the most famous dog in Australia.
Based on the best-selling novel by Louis De Bernieres (Captain Corelli's
Mandolin) and inspired by a true story, Red Dog is humorous, tragic,
romantic, emotive and ultimately a wonderful, laugh-until-you-cry movie.
Before enjoying a successful UK theatrical release earlier in the year, the
film became the 7th biggest movie of all time in its native Australia, taking
an amazing AU$23 million.
Red Dog also features: Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) as Rose; Noah
Taylor (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) as Jack Collins; Loene Carment
as Maureen Collins; Arthur Angel as Vanno; John Batchelor as Peeto; Bill Hunter
as Jumbo Smelt; Alex Williamson as Miner; and Eamon Farren as Dave.
The film was Directed by Kriv Stenders (The illustrated Family Doctor; Blacktown)
and written by Dan Taplitz (Chaos Theory; Breakin' All The Rules; Commandments)
and was shot on location in Western Australia. Music is by Cezary Skubiszewski;
Director of Photographer is Geoffrey Hall, ACS; and Producers are: Nelson Woss
and Julie Ryan.
life leads you to where you need to be and you will want to be watching Red
Dog as it comes to Blu-ray and DVD on Monday 4 June 2012. Running Time:
88 Minutes Approx | Certificate: PG | Catalogue Number: DVD: G2PO63DVD / BD:
G2PB063 | RRP: DVD £15.99 / BD: £19.99.
"Red Dog is humorous, tragic, romantic, emotive and ultimately a wonderful,
laugh-until-you-cry movie" Maggie Woods, MotorBar
"Sometimes a dog chooses you…" Promotional Tag from Red Dog
"Heartwarming and hilarious" Mail on Sunday
"A film with enough appeal to set tails wagging wherever it plays" The