I grew up in a small West Australian town in the 1970s. It’s not hard to understand why movies set in rural Australia in the 60’s and 70’s connect with me. The Year My Voice Broke just killed me.

Although my home town of York is worlds away from Roebourne and Dampier and the station where Red Dog True Blue is set, the people are the same. This is my Australia. I loved it.

I go to the movies for one of 3 reasons……either to learn something, to be genuinely frightened or to feel good.  Red Dog True Blue will make you feel good.

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-2-50-43-pmI had a great fear that the sequel to the surprise hit Red Dog would be contrived. It’s not. It’s more of a family movie than the first but that certainly doesn’t make it any lesser.

Levi Miller is the newcomer who scored the lead role of Mick, the 13 year old boy who adopts “Blue”. He is an absolute standout. This movie is really about his coming of age and it must be said that unlike the first Red Dog movie, the dog itself is not the biggest star in this show, rather he’s part of an eclectic and supremely talented ensemble cast.

How good is Brian Brown ? He’s bloody awesome as Mick’s Grandfather….so Australian and so completely and utterly believable.

The cinematography is exceptional. We see wonderful sweeping scenes of red dirt, blue sky and open space as far as the eye can see. And those sunset ?! Just stunning.

What I love about the Red Dog movies is that the film makers don’t try to turn the dog into a human-like character. Red Dog is a dog. He barks, he farts, he pants and he runs. That’s how we like our dogs.

Red Dog True Blue will make you want to visit the Pilbara region of Western Australia….and it’ll probably make you cry.

Do watch out for John Jarrett in a superb cameo as Lang Hancock