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
The football coach is played by Brian Taylor, an ex-footballer and television sports commentator. His voice is also heard on the television when Polly is in Rex's house with her relatives. So Brian Taylor appears in the film twice - firstly as the football coach and then as himself commenting on an football match being played in Victoria. See more »
When Tilly is in the back of the cab for the first time having a smoke
he opens the rear window. There is the sound of a power window opener. That model Falcon only has power windows in the front. See more »
Girls on the Avenue
Written by Richard Clapton (as R. Clapton) (Mushroom Music)
Performed by Richard Clapton
(P) 1975 Festival Records Pty Limited
Licensed Courtesy of Warner Music Australia Pty Limited See more »
A road movie with loads of heart and spirit. Another great Australian film
Michael Caton has been a fixture on Australian screens since the 1970's thanks to TV shows like 'The Sullivans' and 'Packed to the Rafters'. His voice is quintessentially Aussie and his face and personality have made him a household name. His casting for this film is perfect and I can't even imagine another actor as Rex; so perfect is Caton, and such a gift for an actor who has mostly been the family uncle or grandad. Here he is, front and centre; stoic, three dimensional and instantly likable. Director Jeremy Sims, himself a TV and film actor, has elicited an award worthy performance from the veteran, but also helps young actor Mark Coles Smith as Tilly, make one of the year's best supporting turns. The camera just loves his wicked grin and his playful, easy charm. The film pulls no punches with some of the content surrounding both the indigenous characters such as Tilly, or the circumstances and realities of euthanasia. I was disappointed with Jacki Weaver here: she never looks or sounds comfortable with her character, and that is unfortunate as it is a linchpin to the film's trajectory, but Caton's 'Rex' is so unforgettable, that he carries even the weaker elements of the movie. Beautifully photographed and capturing the visceral parts of the landscape and the terrain, 'Last Cab To Darwin' is not a perfect film, but an enjoyable and significant one, and a rewarding one for its leading actor.
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