Our team joined the private AFI | AACTA screening of Last Cab to Darwin followed by Q&A with its director, AFI Award winner, Jeremy Sims in Bondi last night. May I say the film was a real treat; such a refreshing change from some of Hollywood films we all watch. So congratulations to production company Pork Chop.
I had a sense before I left the studio that it would be good and when I walked out I texted my other co-workers and couldn’t wait to recommend it. I was quite touched and humbled by the whole thing to be honest; it gave me a real taste of outback Australia at the same time!
What particularly got me was the story line. It was very engaging from beginning to end and Jeremy verified they spent a lot of time on the script. Experience from his previous two films taught him that if you don’t invest ample time in the script you really regret it once it reaches the screen. So that’s the lesson I took away from the Q&A.
Other elements of the film I enjoyed were performances by aboriginal actors Polly (Ningali Lawford) and Tilly (Mark Coles Smith). They were both charismatic and humorous in spirit, reminding me to take life lightly and to be yourself! And if you’ve got something to say to someone, BLOODY say it! The music mix was memorable and the cinematography nicely tied the whole production together, it was simple but relevant to the story line. Check out the trailer and tell your friends about it if you like it.
Plot summary: 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; but his journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you've got to share it.
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