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Based on a true story and adapted from the stage play of the same name, on the surface Last Cab to Darwin looks like a typical light hearted road-trip, featuring the usual suspects of an Australian drama – dusty towns, quirky characters, and a backdrop showcasing the best of our sunburnt country. Think Red Dog meets Bran Nue Dae meets Charlie and Boots.

Upon reflection it’s a powerful and moving film about losing and finding the important things in life – things that are sometimes with us all along – and making peace with yourself.

Jeremy Sims’ snappy narrative is propped up by two constant and thought provoking themes; the euthanasia debate, and the uneasy truce between white and black Australia. The fact that so many open and frank discussions still need to take place is abundantly clear.

Michael Caton gives an excellent performance as Rex, and the supporting cast are convincing and endearing in equal measures.

One of the best Australian films in several years.

Last Cab to Darwin (M) 124 mins, from August 6th at the Sun Theatre, Yarraville.

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