My sister sent the Australian issue of the DVD (region 4)over for Christmas, and with the other distractions it was some time before I finally popped it into a player. It quickly became apparent that none of my players were compatible and after a bit of research I decided against the route of chipping or re-programming one of the players via a universal remote, or purchasing an open player. So that left me with a couple of options, wait another 6 months while the distributor finally got round to covering Europe or something else. Well I'm just so glad I persevered with the latter.
Based on a book by Louis de Bernières (Corelli's Mandolin), Red Dog the film tells the story of a how a stray Red Kelpie affects the lives of the people he meets in the Western Australian mining town of Dampier. From the very opening scenes of the film you are captured by the characters and their stories about the dog. Some fantastic humour is contrasted with sadness, but the pathos is never over worked by the director. While clearly quite a different story, the style, gentle humour, evocative music and photography reminded me of Local Hero, one of my favourite films.
I really recommend making an effort to see this.