DVD review: Red Dog (+Trailer)

By Craig Nicholson


There is certainly something pretty special about animals.

The amazing Greyfriars Bobby spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner in Scotland many years ago in a true act of devotion.

Red Dog tells the story of an animal who helped unite a community in the barren and harsh northwest of Western Australia.

Red Dog is a very Australian true story with larger-than-life characters.

Red Dog arrived in the Pilbara region in the early 70s and soon found his way into the hearts of the hard-working men and women who toiled in the iron ore mines.

He refused to belong to anyone, but was loved by everyone.

However, when John Grant (Josh Lucas) arrived in town, Red Dog found a master and they soon formed an unbreakable bond.

Life was hard but Red Dog seemed to find a way to break down the harsh exteriors of the workers and make them laugh and love again.

John had been running from life for years but finding Nancy (Rachael Taylor) meant it was time to settle down and make a commitment to the woman he loved.

When John was killed in a motorcycle accident, Red Dog waited patiently for his master to return home for three weeks.

With no sign of him, the dog went on an amazing mission covering thousands of kilometres as he searched Western Australia for John.

Months later, he returned home having realised his master had gone.

The community shared Red Dog's grief and rallied together to help out their "mate".

Director Kriv Stenders tells Red Dog's story in a different way and manages to capture the essence of the Outback and the amazing people who live and work there.

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Title: Red Dog

Distributer: Roadshow Entertainment

Restriction: PG

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

 

- Hamilton News

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