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Berlinale 2017: Red Dog: True Blue Review

11 February 2017 7:10 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape


Though, as the title alludes to, Red Dog: True Blue has a narrative that centres around a canine protagonist – the eponymous role is somewhat irrelevant. Blue, as he’s called, may be in every single scene, but he’s merely acting as our eyes, observing a coming-of-age tale play out in front of him, as we watch on as a teenager falls in love, learns how to cope with his mother’s illness, and navigates his way around these formative years in his life. The dog is but a mere voyeur, which, as a viewer, is all we ever are. Plus, he doesn’t say much.

Directed by Kriv Stenders, who helmed the preceding endeavour, titled just Red Dog, is back here presenting what is effectively a prequel, as our tale begins with Michael Carter (Jason Isaacs) recounting his experiences with this special animal to his son as a bedtime story. »

- Stefan Pape

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Berlinale: Myriad Pictures to Sell ‘Red Dog: True Blue’ at European Film Market (Exclusive)

5 February 2017 9:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Myriad Pictures will handle worldwide sales, excluding Australia/New Zealand, China and the U.S., on “Red Dog: True Blue,” the prequel to 2011 international box office smash hit “Red Dog.”

Myriad will introduce the family film to buyers at the upcoming Berlin European Film Market.

Reuniting the creative team behind the original “Red Dog”  – writer Daniel Taplitz (“Chaos Theory”), producer Nelson Woss (“Ned Kelly”) and director Kriv Stenders (“Kill Me Three Times”) –  “Red Dog: True Blue” had its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Festival. It will now screen Friday as the opening film at the Berlin International Film Festival’s Generation Kplus, one of the two sections at the world’s biggest fest focus for children, youth and family movies.

Red Dog: True Blue” was greeted enthusiastically by critics in its Australian homeland, where it has grossed more than $5 million to date, a solid result. It also received an upbeat reaction at Sundance, »

- John Hopewell

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Luke Ford, Brooke Satchwell starrer ‘What If It Works?’ to bow at Cinequest

26 January 2017 7:02 PM, PST | | See recent news »

'What If It Works?' . Writer-director Romi Trower.s debut feature What If It Works? is set to make its world premiere at the 2017 Cinequest Film and Vr Festival in San Jose next month. . What If It Works?.is inspired by Trower.s own family history. It stars Luke Ford (Animal Kingdom, The Black Balloon, Red Dog) as Adrian, an irrepressibly chirpy tech nerd who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He connects with his new neighbour, Grace (Anna Samson, Skylight, Birdland; The Leftovers), a street artist with Dissociative Identity Disorder. . Brooke Satchwell (Wonderland, Jack Irish, Packed To The Rafters) and Wade Briggs (Still Star-Crossed, Please Like Me) also star. . .My interest in telling this story is born of my personal experiences," said Trower. "My older brother has a severe case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and my aunt is a psychiatrist who specialises in Dissociative Identity Disorder, whose career sparked my fascination with this disorder. »

- Staff Writer

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Red Dog: True Blue’

24 January 2017 12:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Considering that the original “Red Dog” made a phenomenal $20.6 million at the Australian box office in 2011, winning a slew of awards before going on to become the best-selling domestic DVD of all time, a sequel was inevitable. Perhaps as a result of the death of the original Red Dog, Koko, in 2012, screenwriter Daniel Taplitz pitched the idea of an origin story to Stenders and producer Nelson Woss. The resulting film is built with the same sturdy, if somewhat obvious, template as its predecessor, following the outback adventures of a newly-acclimated city boy and his trusty Kelpie companion. Spots in the kids sidebars of the Sundance and Berlin fests ensures further exposure, and if the muscular Aussie box office since its Boxing Day debut is any indication, lightning could very well strike twice.

According to Outback folklore, there really was a Red Dog, and his plucky antics became the stuff of legend, »

- Eddie Cockrell

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