WA's legendary Red Dog on track for the big screen
The stories of Red Dog, the famous Red Kelpie who travelled across the Pilbara and most of the State, are set to be made into a feature film with the assistance of the Liberal-National Government and film distributor Village Roadshow.
(Media-Newswire.com) - The stories of Red Dog, the famous Red Kelpie who travelled across the Pilbara and most of the State, are set to be made into a feature film with the assistance of the Liberal-National Government and film distributor Village Roadshow.
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day today confirmed that ScreenWest had committed up to $510,000 in funds towards the film’s production. Funding support from the federal screen agency Screen Australia was also confirmed today.
‘Red Dog’ is being produced by experienced feature film producers Nelson Woss ( ‘Ned Kelly’ ) and Julie Ryan ( ‘Ten Canoes’ ), and will be directed by Kriv Stenders ( ‘Lucky Country’ ) with a screenplay by Daniel Taplitz.
“I’m delighted that this movie will provide national and international audiences with an insight into the colourful life of this Western Australian icon,” Mr Day said.
“During his life in the 1970s, Red Dog hitched rides and travelled by foot throughout the Pilbara, adopting people and uniting the community along the way. He touched the lives of many and is held in such high regard that his statue stands proudly in Dampier.
“Red Dog’s exploits were first given international prominence through award-winning author Louis De Bernières novel. Now his exploits will be seen all over the world with Australia’s largest film distributor, Village Roadshow, set to release the film in 2010.
“This is a great project, especially for the people in the Pilbara who are at the heart of the story.”
Producer Nelson Woss said the Red Dog project would start filming in WA in early 2010.
“We’re very pleased that Screen Australia and ScreenWest have thrown their support behind this film,” Mr Woss said.
“We are looking forward to working closely with the local community and the big mining companies from the Pilbara region.
“Red Dog touched the lives of many people from the diverse Pilbara community and this will be well represented in the film.
“ScreenWest’s early backing of the project during its development phase was a major catalyst allowing us to fully finance the film.”
Woss Group Films promotional Red Dog footage can be viewed at: YouTube LINK.
Photos depicting Red Dog and interviews with the producer are available on request.
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