Last Cab to Darwin
Director: Jeremy Sims
Stars: Michael Caton, Mark Coles Smith, Ningali Lawford, Jacki Weaver
Reviewer: Javier Encalada
REX is a loner and when he's told he doesn't have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms.
He has never been outside of Broken Hill, and his first experience outside the town may be his last.
His journey shows him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you've got to share it.
This film, by director and co-writer Jeremy Sims, takes on the Australia that was first depicted in the loved Red Dog (2011), as the setting for a truly memorable story, framed by fantastic performances by the likes of Michael Caton, Mark Coles Smith, Ningali Lawford, Jacki Weaver, John Howard and Emma Hamilton.
Ningali Lawford-Wolf is subtle but wonderful as Polly, Rex's neighbour and lover.
Mark Coles Smith plays Tilly, the charming but somehow lost character that brightens up the screen every time he smiles.
It is refreshing to see original Australian characters that live within their cultures but are not defined by it. They have an important role to play in this riveting story.
As in many Australian films, the location becomes an important character in the story, showing off places that don't normally make it to the tourism brochures: Marree, William Creek, Oodnadatta, Alice Springs, Daly Waters, Berry Springs and, of course, Darwin.
Last Cab to Darwin uses a number of Australian stereotypes to highlight the beauty of the Red Centre and the Northern Territory - the larrikin spirit of its inhabitants and the beautiful stories that happen outside our cities.
This film is refreshing, smart, emotional and quintessentially Australian, all in one dusty, dry, sweet and bitter way.
I have always been a fan of Australian film, but this one really hits the mark with the right balance of Australiana, an enthralling story and great performances.
Do not miss this film. It's a beauty.
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