Red Dog

  • PG
  • Kriv Stenders (2011)
  • Aus / US
  • 88 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This feel-good shaggy-dog story was a critical and commercial smash Down Under, scooping best film at the Aussie equivalent of the Baftas and becoming the country's biggest-selling home-grown DVD release. Based on the bestseller by Louis de Bernières, Red Dog is the touching but endearingly quirky tale of a scruffy kelpie who appears seemingly out of nowhere and is adopted by the inhabitants of a remote mining community in Western Australia in the 1970s. At first, the mutt is shared among the townsfolk, but he eventually settles on American bus driver Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama) as his master. Kriv Stenders's whizz-bang direction helps paper over the somewhat episodic plotting and he is well served by a talented ensemble cast - although it's the marvellously expressive canine star Koko who steals the show. And, as with all the best animal tales, even hardened blokes will struggle not to choke back a few tears at the end.

Plot Summary

The people of a remote Australian mining community recount the story of a remarkable dog. The animal came to their town as a stray and brought the townsfolk together. Eventually, he chose a master from among them, but when his owner died, he roamed the length and breadth of the Outback searching for him. Drama, starring Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Noah Taylor and Keisha Castle-Hughes.

Cast and crew

Cast

John
Josh Lucas
Nancy
Rachael Taylor
Peeto
John Batchelor
Jack
Noah Taylor
Rose
Keisha Castle-Hughes
Tom
Luke Ford
Jocko
Rohan Nichol

Crew

Director
Kriv Stenders

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
G2 Pictures
Guidance: 
Swearing.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 24 Feb 2012
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama