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Last Ride (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 July 2009 (Australia)
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A young boy travels across Australia with his father, who's wanted by the law for committing a violent crime.


Glendyn Ivin


Mac Gudgeon (screenplay), Denise Young (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Weaving ... Kev
Tom Russell ... Chook
Anita Hegh ... Maryanne
John Brumpton ... Max
Kelton Pell Kelton Pell ... Ranger Lyall
Sonya Suares ... Zareena Khan
Loren Taylor ... Girl in Pub (as Loren Horsley)
Adam Morgan ... Man in Roadhouse
Chrissie Page ... Storekeeper
Chris Weir ... Local #2 in Pub
Michael Allen Michael Allen ... Local #1 in Pub
Beau Hurren Beau Hurren ... Local #3 in Pub
Mick Coulthard Mick Coulthard ... Uncle Mick
Lucy Russell Lucy Russell ... Girl in the Chicken Shop
Jane Liscombe Jane Liscombe ... News Reporter


A young boy travels across Australia with his father, who's wanted by the law for committing a violent crime.

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Director Glendyn Ivin, who won the Palme d'Or Awards for Best Short Film at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for the drama "Cracker Bag", was able to bring his usual creative team on board for. Producer Antonia Barnard said: "Because we were able to keep Glendyn's key creative people around him - like cinematographer Greig Fraser, production designer Jo Ford, editor Jack Hutchings, and sound designer Craig Conway, he was always fully supported creatively." See more »


When Chook goes back to the car (at the end), sunlight can be seen through his hair on both sides of his head from behind, indicating that his face is in full sun. The following shot from the front shows half his face in shadow. See more »


Written by I. Mae/C. Lee-Williams
(Copyright Control)
Performed by The Burning Leaves
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An examination of the other side.
26 August 2009 | by diane-34See all my reviews

Diane and I saw this engrossing examination of the other side of human existence; a side that as portrayed in Last Ride would probably be unfamiliar, unappealing and unflattering to all concerned and yet strangely curious as if they are the Other rather than us under different circumstances. Obviously a film that features only two central characters will rise or fall based upon the success of those two characters as actors; whether or not they can draw the audience into their lives and whether they can create enough drama in their interaction to sustain believability over the course of the script. In my opinion they succeeded on both accounts extremely well. I thought Weaving's portrayal of a guy caught between the mistakes of his past and the hopelessness of his present was unusual and unusually poignant. I can hear people laughing and saying that the formula has been rehashed so many times that it is trite. My answer to that comment is that I have not seen it done so well. Weaving portrayed a guy on a knife edge, caught between a past that will not let him forget and a future that has no place for him.

How many of "hims" are out there? Do we as a society have a responsibility? What went wrong? Was the script over dramatised? Did Weaving play his character too wildly, too dramatically? I do not think so. I also thought Tom Russell was brilliant. I thought that his character morphed between the extremes demanded of him in the script very well. Diane knows children his age far better than I and her comment was kids do not spring back and forth between absolutes as Russell's character did but to me I found his morphing as real as his dad's. Under those extreme circumstances I could understand the motivations of both central characters. A difficult film but one that should be seen to see what film can do.

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Release Date:

2 July 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


AUD3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$838, 1 July 2012

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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