Red Dog

Synopsis: In the tradition of Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009), this is the story of a legendary, lovable red dog who roamed the outback looking for his original master, finding his way into the hearts of everyone he meets, bringing people and communities together, some who find love, and others who find themselves. Based on true events.
Director(s): Kriv Stenders
Production: Arc Entertainment
  11 wins & 15 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min


I got some money

in my pocket

I got the car keys in my hand

I got myself a couple

of tickets...


Come on, babe,

you know there ain't no time

To mess around, round, round

Evie, Evie

Evie, let your hair hang down

Evie, Evie

Evie, let your hair hang down

Evie, Evie

Evie, let your hair hang down

Evie, Evie

Let your hair hang...


Bring him in.

Bring him in.

Through here. Just get him in.

Alright, uh...

- OK, sit down.

- OK, OK.

Hold his head! You have

to keep his bloody head still!

Hey, hey! Hey, hey, you!

We've gotta get a clean...

Uh, no... Yeah, no worries.

What is his beef, huh?

It doesn't matter.

I can't do it anyway.

I can't shoot a mate.

What can I get you, mate?

Uh, just a beer, thanks.

So, what's wrong with the dog?

Oh, baited strychnine.

Why would anyone

want to poison a dog?

Maybe someone set it out

for the roos or the dingoes

or someone just doesn't

like dogs, you know?

There are people, sick people.


Are you his master?

No, no. He has no master.

Well, not now.

That's not just any dog

in there, you know?

- No?

- Oh, no, no.

No, no, he's a famous dog.

He's probably the most

famous dog in all Australia.

Red Dog.

Yeah, the one that warned

those people about that fire.

No, no, no.

The one that saved that child...

No, no, not him. Wrong dog.

- Didn't he...

- No, no, no, no.

Look, mate, you're looking

at it all the wrong way.

It's, uh...

it's not what he did.

It's who he was.

'Is', I mean.

Red Dog?

Yeah, yeah, exactly. Yeah.

Vet's coming.

- Yeah? When?

- Soon.

How's the poor thing doing?

Oh, I'm sorry, mate.

Jack Collins, publican.

Thomas Baker, trucker.

Yeah, yeah.

It was me that brought Red Dog

to Dampier, me and Maureen...

near on 10 years ago now,

back in the mean old days

when men were men

and dogs were... dogs,

rougher, hotter,

brighter, redder...

Why would anybody

build a town out here?

Why would anyone live

in a town built out here?

Iron ore. Money.

Yeah, I know that.

- What's that?

- What's what?

On the road.

It's a dog.

I can see that.

What's it doing out here?

Hello, boy!

Hey? Hello.

Hello. Aren't you

a pretty boy, hey?


Are you lost?

Do you need water?

Cheeky bastard.


Is that the dog?

Well, it's certainly

not me! Eugh!

Ohh! Oh, Lord,

what did that thing eat?

Stop the car!

I can't breathe! Ohh!



Oh, this is like... Wow.




Hey, Maureen, Maureen.

Come and have a look at this.

Oh, that poor little bugger.


Oh, g'day, Rick.

He's out the back, mate.

- Righto. Thanks.

- Hey, Rick.

That's the vet.

Here you go, Vanno.

- Hey.

- Vanno, this is Tommy boy.

I've just been telling him

about Red Dog.

Vanno here's one of his first

mates from back in the days.

Yes, 'the days'.

Wild days?

Very wild, very lonely.

A dog of a certain type

can do well in a lonely town.

I know.

I come from a small little

village in Italy, Abruzzi.

Here we go.


Yes, yes, you all bloat,

but my little village

was beautiful.

In spring, flowers

are like Turkish carpet

and the wine would

make you see the Virgin.

Why did you leave?

Same as all these

fools, money!

We all follow the money.

They come from everywhere.

From all the countries,

they come

for the money,

for the work.

From Poland, New Zealand,

Ireland, Greece,

Latvia, America.

Even Melbourne.

Living together,

eating together

and crapping together.

Money crackpot

They may look normal,

but not normal.

Sun has burned out

their brains.

See, I know sun

in Italy, in Abruzzi,

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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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