Red Dog

Red Dog

Kriv Stenders (2011)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


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 & Crew

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: G2 PicturesGuidance: Swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Feb 2012