Director: Kriv Stenders
Cast: Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Noah Taylor.
Peripatetic canine Red Dog wanders into an Australian mining town with no master and is happy to jump onto the lap of any friendly passer-by. That is until he takes a shine to American bus driver John Grant (Lucas), and a tale of the close bond between man and his best friend ensues. The story is an endearing one, encompassing themes of loyalty and longing as Red Dog searches for his master amongst some stunning shots of the Australian outback. That is to be expected however, from a theme rather well-trodden, although there are a few humorous moments such as Red Dog’s face off against his nemesis Red Cat. Ultimately however, there’s a lack of cutting-edge to a story that will still make a safe bet for a family afternoon out.