First look at the prequel to one of the best Aussie films 26



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We’re going to go go out on a limb here and say that Red Dog is one of the best films ever made. So you can imagine our excitement to hear that filming has begun on the “not-sequel” in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Blue Dog will be made by the same team that brought us the first hit film of 2011, and features Bryan Brown and Wolf Creek’s John Jarratt. The story explores the events leading up to Red Dog’s discovery on the road to Dampier, and his ultimate rise from ordinary dog to Australian legend.

It follows a young boy living on a Pilbara cattle station who finds a new friend in a “scrappy, one-of-a-kind pup”.

The story is set in the 60s and we assume it will have that same ironic authenticity that made Red Dog both devastating and hilarious.

“It’s such a thrill and a privilege to be able to return to the much loved story world of Red Dog,” said Kriv Stenders. “Daniel Taplitz has written a beautifully heart-warming screenplay that is both an origin story and a stand-alone movie in own right.”

Some of the highlights from Red Dog were the moustaches and stubbies, the rough-as-guts blokes with tender hearts, and the brilliantly evocative “have you seen John” scene. And Red Dog, of course. The dog that acted the role, Koko, has since passed away but his replacement (main image) looks just the part.

Here’s the trailer for the original movie, which was based on the true story of a cattle-kelpie cross that roamed the mining region making friends wherever he went.



Do you agree that Red Dog is one of the best Australian movies ever made? What were your favourite moments?

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  1. My granddaughter and I cried and cried watching Red Dog xxxx

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    • Watched Red Dog not long after having to put down my 14 y.o. beautiful, clever, humorous, extremely loyal and protective dog called JAMIE-boy. Also, our (now late) neighbour was ill in hospital, after being struck by a car, while walking his rescue dog, which now lives with another dog-loving old chap.

      So, all emotions were released and I quietly let the floodgates open. A wonderful film, but know that I’ll cry again if I see it in future.

  2. Yes, it certainly is up there with the best ever made. But I’m not sure about a prequel! It’ll have to be very good to come any where near “Red Dog”

  3. Massive comments. Are they truly something we over 60s can believe?

  4. Loved red dog! Especially because Kelpies are my favourite dog breed. I have had two beautiful and very smart Kelpies, as a young child and later on in my teenage years. One looked just like red dog too!

  5. Loved the movie, my late partner worked in the Dampier area and he loved it too, he didn’t know the dog but scenery bought back memories of his days there.

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