Red Dog: True Blue

Synopsis: An iconic Australian story of family, friendship and adventure, between a young boy and a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog that would grow up to become an Australian legend.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Kriv Stenders
Production: Village Roadshow
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min


Monday morning feels so bad

Everybody seems to nag me

Coming Tuesday I feel better

Even my old man looks good

Wednesday just don't go

Thursday goes too slow

I've got Friday on my mind

Oh, no!

Gonna have fun in the city

Be with my girl,

she's so pretty

She looks fine tonight

She is out of sight to me



I'll spend my bread tonight

I'll lose my head tonight

I've got to get tonight...

- Hi.

- You're late.

You said seven.

You'll have to feed the boys

at the cinema.

What cinema?

What are you talking about?

You promised to take them

to a film.

Yeah, but what about this?

I'll buy them a pizza, they

watch a movie on the telly,

they get to bed early.

I've got a ton of work to do.

They've been ready to go

for an hour.


And try to be happy around them.

- Smile more!

- I smile!

Wait, wait, wait.

What am I... What am I seeing?

Oh, just some doggy flick.

Oh, Christ. Kill me now.

I'm not the one

that promised him a puppy.

No, I didn't.

It was a misunderstanding.

He's lonely.

New city, new school,

no friends.

He cries every day.


Isn't he a bit old to cry?

Why not get him a dog?


Because they... smell, you know?

And... and they lick things.

Dead things in alleys

and... and...

and then their own bum,

and then your face.

- Gross!

- Right.

And they crap everywhere.

They get fleas.

They die.

It's a bad idea, trust me.

- You promised.

- No, I didn't promise.

It was...

Can we not talk about it,

please? Alright?

- What's that'?

- Hmm?

I'm just happy to be out

with my boys.

It's a smile.

You're scaring me.


Can you tell him to be quiet?

Do you mind?


PJs and brush your teeth.

On, Nicholas!

Oh, crikey!

Alright, time for sleep.

Did you like the movie?

It was alright.

You cried.

No, I didn't.

I saw you.

It was hay fever.

Come on, get your head down.

Dad, I saw you crying.

Son, I'm too old to cry.

Now, come on.

But wouldn't it be great?


To have a dog.

A dog like Red.

Lights out.

- Blue.

- What?

His name was Blue, the dog.

Not Red.

You mean the movie actor dog?

His name was Koko.

No, I mean the real dog.

The one the movie was based on.

How do you know?

'Cause he was mine.

I called him Blue.

And he was the first real mate

I ever had.

When I was about your age,

I was living in Sydney

with my mum, your nanna.

And my dad, your grandfather,

had just passed away.

We were both very sad,

but your nanna was...

well, she was very, very sad.

So it was decided she should go

to a special place

to try and relax for a while.

Like a holiday?

Yeah. Sort of.

And I was sent to stay with

my grandpa, your great-grandpa.

He owned a station,

Warndurala Station,

way out west in the Pilbara.

Just south of Dampier,

where the movie took place.

It was so far away, I had to

take three planes to get there.

Watch the snakes!

It was mind-blowing

to be in such a new place.

It was like Mars.

Red. Huge. Fantastic!

This is totally stupid!

I know it's hard to imagine,

but back then, as a boy,

I was different.

I wasn't what you'd call

the outdoors type.

And truth be told...

I was scared.


And then there was Grandpa.

Why are you riling up my horse?

H-he was trying to kill me!

What's wrong with it, Grandpa?

Tallulah was hit by lightning.

She hasn't been the same since.

She's blind in one eye and now

she thinks she's a bull.

In future, you don't go

in that paddock, understand?

OK. Yes, sir.

Come on.

Does lightning hit

a lot of things?


But it's crazy dangerous

when it does, right?


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Daniel Taplitz

Daniel Taplitz is a writer and director, known for Red Dog (2011), Chaos Theory (2008) and Commandments (1997). more…

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