Red Dog (film)
Red Dog is a 2011 Australian comedy-drama family film written by Daniel Taplitz, directed by Kriv Stenders and produced by Nelson Woss and Julie Ryan. It stars Koko as the title character, Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, John Batchelor; the film is based on the true story of Red Dog and uses the novel Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres as the primary source. At the 2011 Inside Film Awards, Red Dog was nominated in nine categories and won seven, including best feature film; the film was nominated for seven AACTA Awards and won for Best Film. The film was theatrically released on 4 August 2011 by Roadshow Film Distributors. A prequel, Red Dog: True Blue was released in 2016. In 1979, Thomas drives his truck into Dampier, Western Australia late one night, having transported a ordered statue of William Dampier to the town. Upon entering the town pub he sees the silhouettes of a group of men. Believing it is a murder, he rushes into the next room, where he sees that the men are trying to put down an sick dog.
Unable to bring themselves to carry out the euthanasia, the men, with Thomas, retreat to the bar. Publican Jack Collins narrates his story. Upon arriving in Dampier in 1971, the dog befriends many of the employees of Hamersley Iron, who have a major iron ore excavation in progress. Various miners relate their stories of Red Dog to Thomas, but state that, while Red Dog was a dog for everyone, he had no real master; the men tell of an American, John Grant, a bus driver for Hamersley Iron who became Red's master. He starts dating a woman named Nancy, a secretary at Hamersley Iron. After living in Dampier for two years, John proposes to Nancy. On the night of the engagement, John tells Red Dog to stay. Early the next morning, John rides his motorcycle from Nancy's caravan, but he is killed in an accident on the way after hitting a kangaroo. In the shock of John's accident and the Hamersley men forget about Red Dog. Three days after the funeral, they find him still waiting. After three weeks Red Dog decides to look for John, first at Hamersley Iron the bar and other places where John was known to go, until all of Dampier is explored.
He continues from Perth to Darwin. He is rumoured to have caught a ship to Japan in search of John; the grief catches up to him, he decides to return to Dampier. When he arrives, he returns to Nancy at the caravan park where she is staying, she is overwhelmed to see him; the caretakers of the caravan park, however, do not allow dogs in the park, threaten to shoot Red Dog. Nancy and John's friends at Hamersley travel to the community of Dampier in support of Red Dog and, after a "civilised chat" with some of the miners, the caretaker and his wife leave, leaving their cat, Red Cat, behind. A great fight between Red Dog and Red Cat ensues, in the end, they resolve their differences and become mates but still have their ups and downs. Back in the present day, miner Jocko asks the gathered crowd why the town should have a statue of the town’s namesake, William Dampier, when all he did in relation to the place was say that there were too many flies, suggests that they should instead erect a statue of someone who represents the town – Red Dog.
During the celebrations that follow, Red Dog gets up and walks out of the bar, unnoticed by everyone. Upon realising that the sick dog has left, everyone in the town begins looking for him finding him lying dead in front of John's grave. One year Thomas once again drives up to Dampier with a new puppy for Nancy, a new'Red Dog' and the whole town unveils a statue of Red Dog, a statue which still stands today. Koko as Red Dog Josh Lucas as John Grant Rachael Taylor as Nancy Grey John Batchelor as Peeto Noah Taylor as Jack Collins Keisha Castle-Hughes as Rosa Loene Carmen as Maureen Collins Luke Ford as Thomas Neil Pigot as Rick Rohan Nichol as Jocko Tiffany Lyndall-Knight as Patsy Costa Ronin as Dzambaski Eamon Farren as Dave Arthur Angel as Vanno Bill Hunter as Jumbo Smelt The Snowdroppers as a band Louis de Bernières as a gas attendant Red Dog was a Kelpie/cattle dog cross, well known for his travels through Western Australia's Pilbara region. There is a statue in his memory in Dampier, one of the towns to which he returned.
Red Dog is believed to have been born in the town of Paraburdoo in 1971 and had a variety of names to those who knew him, including: Bluey, Tally Ho, Dog of the Northwest. Soon after Red's death in 1979, Australian author Nancy Gillespie wrote and compiled anecdotes and poetry written by several people of the Pilbara region for her book Red Dog as did Beverly Duckett in her 1993 book Red Dog: The Pilbara Wanderer. Red Dog's statue has caught the attention of a number of people passing through Dampier including British author Louis de Bernières, inspired to write Red Dog, a book loosely based on Red's legend. A four-wheel-drive club has been named in his honour. Red Dog was released on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download on 1 December 2011 in Australia; the Red Dog DVD is the biggest-selling Australian DVD of all time. The DVD is the third-highest-selling DVD of all time in Australia behind Avatar and Finding Nemo; the film has not been as successful. The film opened at #25 in the United Kingdom, earning just £24,727 from 56 screens and opened at #5 at the New Zealand box office, earning NZ$124,447 from 72 screens.
The film has been a DVD-only release in territories such as Germany and Argentina but has been acquired by independ
Red Dog: True Blue
Red Dog: True Blue is a 2016 Australian family comedy film directed by Kriv Stenders, written by Daniel Taplitz and starring Jason Isaacs, Levi Miller and Bryan Brown. It is a prequel to the 2011 film Red Dog, detailing the early days of the Red Dog, the Pilbara Wanderer. An iconic Australian story of family and adventure, between a young boy and a scrappy one-of-a-kind dog that would grow up to become an Australian legend. P hoenix as Red Dog, he was played in the first film by Koko, but was replaced after his death and the film is dedicated to his memory. Levi Miller as Mick Jason Isaacs as Michael Carter Bryan Brown as Grandpa Calen Tassone as Taylor Pete Hanna Mangan-Lawrence as Betty Thomas Cocquerel as Stemple Kee Chan as Jimmy Umbrella Steve Le Marquand as Little John Justine Clarke as Diane Carter Zen McGrath as Theo Carter Filming began early in 2015 and was released on Boxing Day in 2016. Red Dog: True Blue has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 13 critics.
The film grossed $5,218,716 at a quarter of the original film's takings. Geoffrey Hall was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 7th AACTA Awards. Red Dog: True Blue official site Red Dog: True Blue at Internet Movie Database Red Dog: True Blue at Rotten Tomatoes
Wake in Fright (miniseries)
Wake in Fright is an Australian miniseries based on Kenneth Cook's 1961 novel of the same name, which first aired on Network Ten in October 2017. Directed by Kriv Stenders and written by Stephen M. Irwin, the series features an ensemble cast that includes Sean Keenan, Alex Dimitriades, Caren Pistorius, David Wenham, Anna Samson, Gary Sweet and Robyn Malcolm, it is the second filmed adaptation of Cook's novel, following Ted Kotcheff's 1971 film version. As with earlier versions of the story, the series depicts the psychological journey of John Grant, a schoolteacher, marooned in an isolated outback town. Although it makes closer references to the novel than the film, the overall story was reworked for the series to fit a contemporary setting. John Grant is a young schoolteacher stationed in an isolated "dry-town" in the outback. After finishing the school year in time for the Christmas holidays, he begins driving to Sydney to take up a new teaching position at Neutral Bay, as well as get married to his girlfriend Robyn.
John's car is damaged when it collides with a kangaroo, forcing him to take a stopover in the mining town of Bundayabba – referred to by the locals as "The Yabba" – to await repairs. At a pub, he meets the enigmatic Sergeant Jock Crawford, who introduces him to the illegal but sanctioned game of two-up. After a winning streak, John loses all of his money, as well as some borrowed from former MMA fighter Mick Jaffries and her brother Joe, who subsequently demand that he pay them back. John befriends real estate agent Tim Hynes, who invites him to have dinner with his family, including his wife Ursula and daughter Janette, the town nurse; the encounter is shaken by the arrival of the disgraced town doctor. Afterwards, Tim tries to sell a house to John, hoping to generate cash in the wake of the decline in the mining business on which The Yabba was built. John awakens in Doc's ramshackle caravan. In his recollections of the previous night, he believes that Doc initiated a drunken homosexual encounter between them.
Doc betrays John to Mick and Joe, who take them to their car-wrecking yard and prepare to embark on a feral pig hunt, giving John a chance to pay off his debts. Before departing, the Jaffries discover that John has found their secret drug laboratory, leading John to believe that they intend to kill him during the hunt; the pig hunt turns into a riotous expedition fuelled by drugs and alcohol. John falls unconscious and awakens to discover that Doc has been shot dead. Recalling earlier tensions between Doc and Mick, he assumes that the siblings killed Doc to set him up. After fleeing the scene, John encounters Crawford and tells him what has happened, but they discover that the corpse has vanished. Crawford takes him to a hotel for questioning, but when Mick and Joe arrive, he escapes and takes refuge with Janette. After discovering that Doc and Janette were lovers and had a daughter, John explains that Doc has been killed. Believing the police and the Jaffries to be in league with each other, he evades Crawford and hitches a ride to a nearby truck stop.
John persuades a driver, who he assumes is heading for Sydney, to take him to the city, offering his only possession – an engagement ring intended for Robyn – as payment. Due to a misunderstanding, he returns to The Yabba and is confronted by Crawford, who shows him footage taken by the Jaffries indicating that he shot Doc while hallucinating. In flashbacks, it is revealed that Robyn had turned down a premature marriage proposal, resulting in a dejected John getting drunk and being unable to save her from drowning. Overwhelmed by the two deaths on his conscience, John shoots himself in the head; when John awakens in hospital, Crawford has him sign a statement indicating that his suicide attempt was an accident. He reveals that the Jaffries have been ordered to leave The Yabba due to their drug operations, that Doc's cause of death has been ruled as death by misadventure. Janette explains that their daughter drowned when Doc was supposed to be looking after her, leaving him wracked with guilt.
Flashbacks reveal that Doc did not take advantage of John, but instead ensured his safety during his stupor, composed a suicide note, willingly stepped in the path of his rifle. Following Janette's advice, John is renewed by his experiences and returns to Tiboonda to start the new school year. Principal cast Supporting cast Sources: In 2012, Triptych Pictures producer Kristian Moliere and Helen Bowden of Matchbox Pictures approached the family of writer Kenneth Cook on the possibility of a televised adaptation of his 1961 novel Wake in Fright. Although the response was enthusiastic, the pair was informed that they would only be allowed to begin production once they had found the option for the original 1971 film version - if the deal stated that the adaptation rights were owned by a single entity in perpetuity and Bowden would not be allowed to proceed with a series; the search for the option took three years, resulted in a copy being uncovered at the Estate of Dirk Bogarde in Paris, which indicated that the option only referred to a film version, allowing Moliere and Bowden - who had left Matchbox and co-founded Lingo Pictures with Jason Stephens of FremantleMedia Australia - to enter active development by the end of 2015.
By this time, Lingo Pictures had entered a co-productio
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Australia Day (film)
Australia Day is a 2017 Australian drama anthology film directed by Kriv Stenders and starring Bryan Brown. On Australia's most controversial national holiday, three Australians from different cultural backgrounds will cross paths, creating racial tension issues and national identity that simmer underneath the surface of modern-day Australia. Bryan Brown as Terry Friedman Shari Sebbens as Sonya Mackenzie Sean Keenan as Dean Patterson Isabelle Cornish as Chloe Patterson Daniel Webber as Jason Patterson Elias Anton as Sami Ghaznavi Kee Chan as Zhou Chong Sam Cotton as Constable Buchanan Caroline Dunphy as Patricia Kendall Simon Elrahi as Karim Yasmin Honeychurch as Kaytee Tucker Australia Day received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, earning a 58% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. David Stratton of The Australian gave a positive review, calling the film "Run Lola Run meets Gran Torino. Erin Free of FILMINK gave a positive review, calling the film "a big, broiling stew of complex thought, Australia Day is a provocative, intelligent film that dares to pick and ask a lot of burning questions."
Alex Lines of Film Inquiry gave a negative review, saying the film "is a series of predictable story arcs, rudimentary characters and simplistic viewpoints on racism." Vicky Roach of The Daily Telegraph wrote that the story "is carried along by the momentum of its characters. But when they run out of steam, so does the screenplay." Australia Day on Internet Movie Database Australia Day on Rotten Tomatoes
Kriv Stenders is an Australian writer and director best known for the film Red Dog and the thriller film Kill Me Three Times. The director has won many awards; as of 17 November 2011, his movie Red Dog made more than A$21 million at the Australian box office since opening in August 2011. It is ranked eighth in the list of highest-grossing Australian films of all time. Eleven days after opening, Red Dog became the highest-grossing Australian film of 2011, it has won numerous awards. Streets Of Your Town - 1988, The Go-Betweens, Music Video The Illustrated Family Doctor Blacktown Boxing Day Lucky Country Red Dog Kill Me Three Times Red Dog: True Blue Australia Day Wake in Fright Poacher Danger Close Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards: AACTA Award Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy Episode 1 The Principal AACTA Award Best Direction Red Dog Australian Directors Guild: ADG Award Best Direction in a Feature Film Red Dog ADG Award Best Direction in a Feature Film Boxing Day Australian Film Institute: AFI Award Best Screenplay, Adapted The Illustrated Family Doctor AFI Award Best Short Fiction Film Two/Out Australian Screen Directors' Association: ASDA Award Best Direction of a First Feature Film The Illustrated Family Doctor Berlin International Film Festival: Crystal Bear Generation Kplus - Best Film Red Dog: True Blue Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards: FCCA Award Best Director Red Dog FCCA Award Best Screenplay - Adapted The Illustrated Family Doctor Heartland Film Festival: Grand Prize Narrative Feature Red Dog: True Blue IF Awards: IF Award Best Direction Red Dog IF Award Best Feature Film Red Dog IF Award Best Director Boxing Day Melbourne International Film Festival: Best Australian Short Film Two/Out Montréal Festival of New Cinema: Special Mention Boxing Day Rencontres Internationales du Cinema des Antipodes: Audience Award Best Feature Film Red Dog TIFF Kids International Film Festival: Young People's Jury Award Best Feature Film Red Dog: True Blue White Sands International Film Festival: Grand Jury Award Red Dog Kriv Stenders on IMDb Kriv Stenders's channel on YouTube
Federation of Australia
The Federation of Australia was the process by which the six separate British self-governing colonies of Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia agreed to unite and form the Commonwealth of Australia, establishing a system of federalism in Australia. Fiji and New Zealand were part of this process, but they decided not to join the federation. Following federation, the six colonies that united to form the Commonwealth of Australia as states kept the systems of government that they had developed as separate colonies, but they agreed to have a federal government, responsible for matters concerning the whole nation; when the Constitution of Australia came into force, on 1 January 1901, the colonies collectively became states of the Commonwealth of Australia. The efforts to bring about federation in the mid-19th century were dogged by the lack of popular support for the movement. A number of conventions were held during the 1890s to develop a constitution for the Commonwealth.
Sir Henry Parkes, Premier of New South Wales, was instrumental in this process. Sir Edmund Barton, second only to Parkes in the length of his commitment to the federation cause, was the caretaker Prime Minister of Australia at the inaugural national election in 1901 in March 1901; the election returned Barton as prime minister, though without a majority. This period has lent its name to an architectural style prevalent in Australia at that time, known as Federation architecture, or Federation style. A serious movement for Federation of the colonies arose in the late 1880s, a time when there was increasing nationalism amongst Australians, the great majority of whom were native-born; the idea of being "Australian" began to be celebrated in poems. This was fostered by improvements in transport and communications, such as the establishment of a telegraph system between the colonies in 1872; the Australian colonies were influenced by other federations which had emerged around the world, such as the United States and Canada.
Sir Henry Parkes Colonial Secretary of New South Wales, first proposed a Federal Council body in 1867. After it was rejected by the British Secretary of State for the Colonies, the Duke of Buckingham, Parkes brought up the issue again in 1880, this time as the Premier of New South Wales. At the conference, representatives from Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia considered a number of issues including federation, Chinese immigration, vine diseases and uniform tariff rates; the Federation had the potential to ensure that throughout the continent and interstate commerce would be unaffected by protectionism and measurement and transport would be standardised. The final push for a Federal Council came at an Intercolonial Convention in Sydney in November and December 1883; the trigger was the British rejection of Queensland's unilateral annexation of New Guinea and the British Government wish to see a federalised Australasia. The convention was called to debate the strategies needed to counter the activities of the German and French in New Guinea and in New Hebrides.
Sir Samuel Griffith, the Premier of Queensland, drafted a bill to constitute the Federal Council. The conference petitioned the Imperial Parliament to enact the bill as the Federal Council of Australasia Act 1885; as a result, a Federal Council of Australasia was formed, to represent the affairs of the colonies in their relations with the South Pacific islands. New South Wales and New Zealand did not join; the self-governing colonies of Queensland and Victoria, as well as the Crown Colonies of Western Australia and Fiji, became involved. South Australia was a member between 1888 and 1890; the Federal Council had powers to legislate directly upon certain matters, such as in relation to extradition, regulation of fisheries, so on, but it did not have a permanent secretariat, executive powers, or any revenue of its own. Furthermore, the absence of the powerful colony of New South Wales weakened its representative value, it was the first major form of inter-colonial co-operation. It provided an opportunity for Federalists from around the country to exchange ideas.
The means by which the Council was established endorsed the continuing role that the Imperial Parliament would have in the development of Australia's constitutional structure. In terms of the Federal Council of Australia Act, the Australian drafters established a number of powers dealing with their "common interest" which would be replicated in the Australian Constitution section 51; the individual colonies, Victoria excepted, were somewhat wary of Federation. Politicians from the smaller colonies, in particular, disliked the idea of delegating power to a national government. Queensland, for its part, worried that the advent of race-based national legislation would restrict the importing of kanaka labourers, thereby jeopardising its sugar cane industry; these were not the only concerns of those resistant to federation. Smaller colonies worried about the abolition of tariffs, which would deprive them of a large proportion of their revenue, leave their commerce at the mercy of the larger states.
New South Wales, traditionally free-trade in its outlook, wanted to be satisfied that the federation's tariff policy would not be protectionist. Victorian Premier James Service described fiscal union as "the lion in the way" of federation. A further fundamental issue was how to distribute the excess customs duties from the central government to the states. For the larger colonies there was the possibility (which never became