Red Dog takes $10m and hopefully ‘opens the floodgates’

Michael Rymer, director of Face to Face, due out on September 8, said the success of Red Dog helps his film. “Every film that does well, Like Red Dog, benefits little films like Face to Face and big films like The Eye of the Storm. We can all lift up together. I know that sounds incredibly hippy-ish, but you know.”

Red Dog, the Australian film about a hitchhiking dog that captures the hearts of a 1970s mining town in the Pilbara, has now reached the $10.5m mark at the box office and in the process, surpassed classic Australian films’ box office success such as the The Castle and Shine.

In its fourth weekend, the film, directed by Kriv Stenders (Boxing Day) took $1.9m across 257 screens, averaging $7393 per screen.

As the film breaks the double-digit mark, Other filmmakers with films due for release are hoping for a knock on effect with a wave of interest from the general public.

“Our television audiences are far more loyal to local content compared to local film but I’m really drawn to what has happened with Red Dog,” said Daniel Nettheim, Director of The Hunter (October 8). “I hope Red Dog has opened the floodgates as we’ll be the beneficiaries of that success.”

Director of thriller Caught Inside, also October 8, Adam Blaiklock, a former colleague of Kriv Stenders said, “Look at Kriv’s history, the five films Kriv has made. This is the first film that has done really well and I’m so excited for him at the success of that film. That’s word of mouth and that’s really exciting.”


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