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Dingo (1991)

PG | | Drama, Music | 31 January 1992 (USA)
Traces the pilgrimage of John Anderson, an average guy with a passion for jazz, from his home in outback Western Australia to the jazz clubs of Paris, to meet his idol, jazz trumpeter Billy... See full summary »


Rolf de Heer


Marc Rosenberg (screenplay)
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Friels ... John Anderson
Miles Davis ... Billy Cross
Helen Buday ... Jane Anderson
Joe Petruzzi ... Peter
Brigitte Catillon Brigitte Catillon ... Beatrice Boulain
Bernard Fresson ... Jacques Boulain
Bernadette Lafont ... Angie Cross
Steven Shaw Steven Shaw ... Archie
Helen Doig ... Ruth
Daniel Scott Daniel Scott ... Young John
Chelsea Gibson Chelsea Gibson ... Young Jane
Ben Mortley ... Young Peter
Elissa McAuliffe Elissa McAuliffe ... Emma Anderson
Fiona Bradshaw Fiona Bradshaw ... Jo Anderson
Tim Hood Tim Hood ... Dingo's Bush Band: Robert (rhythm)


Traces the pilgrimage of John Anderson, an average guy with a passion for jazz, from his home in outback Western Australia to the jazz clubs of Paris, to meet his idol, jazz trumpeter Billy Cross. Written by Dave Bowyer <aussie@ccnet.com>

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Drama | Music


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This Australian feature film was completed in 1990 but did not get a theatrical release there until 1992. See more »


At the beginning of the movie, our hero is just a kid, hanging out in town playing with two other kids; the date is approx. early 1960's. Out of nowhere, an airplane appears and lands on the airstrip just outside of town. Everybody jumps onto their various vehicles to go see the excitement. In one brief shot of these vehicles driving away from the main hotel, we can see a satellite dish on top of the hotel. This technology was not available at that time. See more »

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inspiring and a comment about Australian Film critics and Oscars
1 August 2015 | by jimibrowncatSee all my reviews

If there was an 11 I would score 11. I love this film I have watched it dinned out on it sung about it turned people onto it for years! In a strange parrallel I'm living out my own version of Dingo due to my admiration for the film/story/characters. This is without doubt my favourite Australian film and nobody knows about it! It's going to be a time capsual thing 100 years from now a new generation and all that jazz.

What the film also represents is the maypole that highlights the seemingly corrupt? Inept, commercially driven world of the Australian film critic ....Correct me if I'm wrong David and Margaret take a bow here....this film got completely ignored !?!? WTF! Even the Oscars snubbed it because the paperwork was filled out incorrectly. Bless. In a way it's fitting like a pure and perfect M.Davis note. There is no mistaking that this is his love/life letter to his fans , he is the man, it's his only film role he also passed just before film got distribution. I wonder if that mucked up the press junket's. Shame on you film critics and long live hope and striving for your dreams. I hope you get there!

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Release Date:

31 January 1992 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Western Australia, Australia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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