Red Dog (4 stars)

Red Dog

Hilarious and tearjerking scenes of human folly played as classic comedy

(PG) 92min

2012 is turning into the year of the dog for cinema fans. After Uggie stole the show in The Artist comes this wonderful tale of canine tomfoolery. Told in a zippy boy’s own adventure style, this ‘inspired by a true story’ tale is set in the Australian outback and is based on the novel by Captain Corelli’s Mandolin author Louis de Bernières.

Josh Lucas excels as an American drifter who arrives into the mining town of Dampler in 1971, takes a job as a bus driver and is chosen by rebellious mutt Red Dog to be his master. The tale is recounted by a salt-of-the-earth publican (Noah Taylor) who naturally knows all the secrets of all of the town’s characters, from beautiful secretary Nancy (Rachel Taylor) to a cantankerous dog-hating caravan owner and his cat. An endearing, funny, idiosyncratic tale, director Kriv Stender’s film is made up of a series of hilarious and tearjerking scenes of human folly. The ongoing fight between canine and feline is played as classic comedy. This is a rare breed – a dog’s tale that will make more than animal lovers happy.

General release from Fri 24 Feb.

RED DOG Official Trailer

Red Dog

  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • Australia
  • 1h 32min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Kriv Stenders
  • Written by: Louis de Bernières, Daniel Taplitz
  • Cast: Koko, Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, John Batchelor
  • UK release: 6 February 2012

Josh Lucas excels as a drifter who arrives into a mining town, takes a job as a bus driver and is chosen by a rebellious mutt to be his master. This is a rare breed – a dog's tale that won't just make animal lovers happy.