Kriv StendersAustralia89 minutes2016Ages 9- 13ColourEnglishCanadian Premiere
Sent to live on a cattle farm in the Australian Outback following the death of his father, a lonely young boy encounters an abandoned red puppy, and the new friends embark on a series of adventures that will change their lives forever.
The legendary and beloved Red Dog is back in this prequel to Kriv Stenders' Australian box-office hit. It's 1968, and 11-year-old Mick has just been sent away to live with his grandfather on a remote cattle station in the Australian outback following his father's death and his mother's subsequent institutionalization. Grieving, lonely, and struggling to adapt to his new surroundings, Mick has a chance encounter after a storm that brings him together with a red puppy he names Blue. Instantly devoted to one another, Mick and Blue embark on a series of adventures that will change their lives forever.
Shot against the stunning and rugged beauty of Western Australia and featuring strong performances and a delightful score, this entertaining and touching coming-of-age family film hits all the right notes.
Content Advisory: coarse language, name-calling, animal struck by lightning, animal corpse, depiction of a side of meat being butchered, kissing, story recounted of a constable being shot, gang members hanged, alcohol, pills (medication), religious references
Kriv Stenders grew up in Brisbane and is a graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. His films include Blacktown (05), Boxing Day (07), Dark Frontier (09), Red Dog (11), and Kill Me Three Times (14). Red Dog: True Blue (16) is his latest film.