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Roaming Red Dog returns home

28 Jul 2011

After much international roaming, ‘Red Dog’ returns to the Pilbara tonight to celebrate the film’s Western Australian premiere ahead of its national mainstream cinema release.

The film premieres at Karratha’s Walkington Theatre.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the State Government was proud to support the film through ScreenWest, the Pilbara Development Commission and the Royalties for Regions program.

“Red Dog is the story of a kelpie who roamed the WA outback in the 1970s, hitching rides, adopting people and uniting communities along the way,” Mr Day said.

“The film is an engaging WA story that will now be shared with audiences across Australia and overseas and reminds us of the warmth, strength, pride and sense of belonging that comes from sharing and being a part of a close-knit community.

Red Dog had its world premiere at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival and has since screened at festivals in London, Israel, the United States and Melbourne. It will be released nationally on August 4.

The film won the audience award at the Vail Film Festival (Dallas, USA) and the Best Film Award at the Sheffield Showcommotion Young People’s Film Festival (UK).

Red Dog boasts an international cast including Josh Lucas (Life as We Know It, Sweet Home Alabama); Rachael Taylor (Transformers, Cedar Boys); John Batchelor (Danny Deckchair); Arthur Angel (Ghost Rider); Rohan Nichol (Garage Days, Star Wars III - Revenge of the Sith); Luke Ford (Animal Kingdom, Kokoda); Oscar®nominee, Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider); Noah Taylor (Lara Croft:Tomb Raider, Vanilla Sky); and the canine Koko in the title role.

Adapted from the novel Red Dog by the award-winning author Louis de Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) with screenplay by Daniel Taplitz, the film was directed by Kriv Stenders and produced by Nelson Woss and Julie Ryan.