Red Dog: True Blue: promotional tour mirrors movements of legendary dog


True Blue producer Nelson Woss and Phoenix, who stars as Red Dog.
Picture: Julian Wright
True Blue producer Nelson Woss and Phoenix, who stars as Red Dog. Picture: Julian Wright

THE promotional tour for Red Dog: True Blue is much like the movements of the legendary kelpie it is based on.

It had its big red dust premiere in Karratha, before coming to Perth, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to follow, with regional stops along the way.

“We’re going to roam like Red Dog,” producer Nelson Woss said, while in Perth.

“With my films, I always do the world premiere in the region where it started and where the story is from and where the community embraced us.

“We’ve had incredible demand for international territories and film festivals, so this unique West Australian story will roam like Red Dog and be seen by audiences all around the world.”

Woss said the production was drawn to the Pilbara region because it was culturally rich and the supportive nature of the community up there.

“It’s hard enough to make a movie, but to make a movie with animals in the Outback, well removed from Sydney or Melbourne let alone Perth, you need a lot of support,” he said.

“That’s what is special about these films; we get incredible support from all aspects of the community: mining companies, government, the local Ngarluma people, who are the traditional landholders of where we shot the movie.

“A lot of these people in day-to-day life have differences but what is so unique and special about the Red Dog films is they put those differences aside because we’re all part of a team, we all want to put the spotlight on what is so special about that region.”

In cinemas Boxing Day.