Red dog has an­other day

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - Ju­lian Wright

THE pro­mo­tional tour for Red

Dog: True Blue is much like the move­ments of the leg­endary kelpie it is based on.

It had its big red dust pre­miere in Kar­ratha, be­fore com­ing to Perth, with Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Bris­bane to fol­low, with re­gional stops along the way.

“We’re go­ing to roam like Red Dog,” pro­ducer Nel­son Woss said, while in Perth.

“With my films, I al­ways do the world pre­miere in the re­gion where it started and where the story is from and where the com­mu­nity em­braced us.

“We’ve had in­cred­i­ble de­mand for in­ter­na­tional ter­ri­to­ries and film fes­ti­vals, so this unique West Aus­tralian story will roam like Red Dog and be seen by au­di­ences all around the world.”

Woss said the pro­duc­tion was drawn to the Pil­bara re­gion be­cause it was cul­tur­ally rich and the sup­port­ive na­ture of the com­mu­nity up there.

“It’s hard enough to make a movie, but to make a movie with an­i­mals in the Out­back, well re­moved from Syd­ney or Mel­bourne let alone Perth, you need a lot of sup­port,” he said.

“That’s what is spe­cial about these films; we get in­cred­i­ble sup­port from all as­pects of the com­mu­nity: min­ing com­pa­nies, gov­ern­ment, the lo­cal Ngar­luma peo­ple, who are the tra­di­tional land­hold­ers of where we shot the movie.

“A lot of these peo­ple in dayto-day life have dif­fer­ences but what is so unique and spe­cial about the Red Dog films is they put those dif­fer­ences aside be­cause we’re all part of a team, we all want to put the spot­light on what is so spe­cial about that re­gion.

“What ex­cites the direc­tor Kriv Sten­ders and I is that it is rich with stories, leg­ends and myths from all as­pects of the com­mu­nity that we had the priv­i­lege to tell just one story.

“We hope our films in­spire other film­mak­ers to go up there, ex­plore the re­gion and find their own story that they can tell be­cause it is re­ally spe­cial up there and the peo­ple are fan­tas­tic.

“Our films are a love let­ter to the com­mu­ni­ties of the Pil­bara.”

Red Dog: True Blue is in cinemas on Box­ing Day.

Nel­son Woss with Blue.

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