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.
Aussie’s sure know how to craft humourous and heartwarming films, and Last Cab to Darwin is another bonafide gem.
Centred around a great performance from Australian acting stalwart Michael Caton (Packed to the Rafters, The Castle), Caton carries the film with stoicness. He’s supported with some familiar Aussie faces, including Oscar-nominated Jackie Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), David Field and Caton’s Packed to the Rafters co-star John Howard.
But what really stands out, and is missing from a lot of mainstream Australian cinema, are two key performances from indigenous talent. Mark Coles Smith almost steals the show from Caton, as happy-go-lucky larrikin Tilly, and Mingali Lawford-Wolf provides some heart, and relationship drama, as Caton’s neighbour and part-time lover. London-based Aussie actress Emma Hamilton (The Tudors) also shines as an English nurse.
Director and producer Jeremy Sims (Beneath Hill 60) is an assured hand here. He obviously knows the material inside and out – he helped adapt the stage play with playwright Reg Cribb – and balances the humour and poignancy spot on, without getting cheesy or preachy with the delicate subject matter. Being a former actor garners wonderful performances from his cast, but it’s the stunning outback scenery that really captures the eye, with cinematographer Steve Arnold showcasing the barren red landscape.
An emotional ride with that classic Aussie laid-back humour, Last Cab to Darwin is a perfect movie to take your folks to. Sit back and enjoy some top-class, poignant performances against a harsh yet stunning landscape.
DVD Releases: 16th December 2015
Rating: M – Contains offensive language
Duration: 124 minutes
Starring: Jacki Weaver, Emma Hamilton, John Howard
Director: Jeremy Sims (Beneath Hill 60)