DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

RED DOG, Foxtel, 6.50pm

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Wednesday -

THIS su­perb, all-ages pic­ture is based on a true story, ir­re­sistibly em­bel­lished by the Out­back myth that grew around it. There’s a fair bit of the pop­u­lar book by Bri­tish writer Louis de Bernieres in there too. The ti­tle char­ac­ter, a cop­per-hued kelpie, which be­came a liv­ing le­gend in WA’s Pil­bara re­gion in the 1970s, is played by a re­mark­ably ex­pres­sive pooch named Koko. The ad­ven­tures of the re­doubtable Red Dog (and his hi­lar­i­ous neme­sis, Red Cat!) un­fold as all rip­ping yarns should, with a sly wink and a steady hand.

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