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Last Cab to Darwin (2015)

When Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver, is told he doesn't have long to live, he sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms.

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Rex is a loner, and when he's told he doesn't have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms; but his journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you've got to share it. Written by Reg Cribb and Jeremy Sims

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It's never too late to start living

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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10 June 2016 (USA)  »

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Az utolsó taxi Darwinba  »

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AUD 3,992,880 (estimated)

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$620, 12 June 2016, Limited Release

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$32,848, 11 September 2016
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During the time that the Northern Territory had legalised euthanasia, three people died through physician assisted suicide. The first of these was to be Max Bell, a terminally ill cab driver from Broken Hill. Max Bell did drive his cab from Broken Hill to Darwin to complete the procedure, but no specialist doctor would provide the required confirmation. Max returned home to Broken Hill and died "a natural death" in hospital. Bob Dent, a local Darwin man, became the first to die under the new law the following month. See more »

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Around the 45th min in the bar fridge, you can see the Swedish cider Kopparberg. The film is set in 2005 but Kopparberg didn't arrive in Australian until around 2010. See more »

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Rex: If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
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Performed by Tom Pauling & Michael Caton
Music composed by Ed Kuepper
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Working out the issue on a road trip
12 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Last Cab to Darwin. Making "The Best of Fest" list at the Palm Spring International Film Festival, this touching film out of Australia follows Broken Hill taxi driver (Rex - Michael Caton) who spends his days in transporting locals to and from, his nights drinking beers with his buddies (excellent character actors John Howard, David Field and Alan Dukes), and occasionally ending his evenings with his aboriginal neighbor Polly (star is born: Nignali Lawford). When he learns he has terminal cancer, he leaves everything behind and embarks on 1,865 mile road trip to meet a doctor (the always terrific Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook) who has an euthanasia machine. Ready to face the end on his own, his road trip forces him to live outside of his box, as he picks up a cheery hitchhiker (the very funny Tilly - Mark Coles Smith) and bar maid/nurse (Julie - Emma Hamilton). Director Jeremy Sims, along with cinematographer Steve Arnold, beautifully capture the outbacks appeal and desolation. While Caton, Lawford, Smith and Hamilton are relative unknowns in the US, if this film obtains distribution they will quickly gain stateside recognition. This road trip movie covers plenty of issues, and what better place to work things out then on the road.


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