Excitement continues to build ahead of the August release of RED DOG with the home-grown ‘tail’ again wowing international audiences to win the inaugural Best Film Award at the Showcomotion Young Peoples Film Festival in the United Kingdom.
The award and £500 cash prize was presented by the InterActive Youth Jury of five Sheffield teenagers on Sunday night (May 29) just a week after the film secured UK distribution with G2 Pictures from the Cannes Film Festival.
What the festival jury and 280 strong audience didn‘t know was that the film’s canine star was waiting back home to be hooked up via skype and say thanks. Koko gave an enthusiastic “woof” and got a warm reception from the festival audience.
Starring Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor and an ensemble cast featuring Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen, Luke Ford and Keisha Castle-Hughes, Red Dog is the story of a charismatic kelpie (Koko) who roamed the West Australian outback in the 1970s, hitching rides, adopting people and uniting communities along the way.
Directed by Kriv Stenders (Lucky Country) and produced by Nelson Woss (Ned Kelly) and Julie Ryan (Ten Canoes), Red Dog was filmed in South Australia and the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The script was adapted by Daniel Taplitz (Chaos Theory) from the novel Red Dog by award-winning author Louis De Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin).
The competition was introduced for the first time by the festival’s new director Joan Parsons as part of a strategy to bring more European and world cinema into the UK for young people. “Red Dog really struck a chord with the audience and the Youth Jury. It’s a brilliant family film and a great first winner of the
Showcomotion Best Film Award,” Pasons said.
Other films in competition were: American poetry slam documentary Louder than a Bomb; hit adventure sequel The Crocodiles Strike Back; Against All Odds, a documentary about teenage mothers and Neukölln Unlimited a doc about talented break-dancing Lebanese siblings under threat of deportation.
Red Dog had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, won the Audience Award at the Vail Film Festival in Colorado and recently opened the Australian Film Festival in London. It was announced yesterday that Red Dog will close the Melbourne International Film Festival on Saturday August 6.
Red Dog is scheduled to be released in Australia on August 11.
*image from femail.com.au