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Red Dog: True Blue

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‘Blue you're red! I've got a good feeling about us. I think we're gonna be best mates.’

Red Dog is back on the big screen! The larger-than-life tale of a very special dog already mesmerised Generation audiences back in 2011. This new film by Australian director Kriv Stenders tells the eponymous hero's backstory, inspired by true events. Eleven-year-old Mick lives with his grandfather on a farm in the Australian Outback. After a storm, he discovers a puppy drenched in blue paint, and names him ‘Blue’ on the spot. From this moment onwards the two of them are inseparable, as they explore the bush and have magical adventures. When Mick falls in love for the first time, however, things become turbulent for both of them. With humour and compassion, the film tells the story of a true friendship in a time of change.

Kriv Stenders

Australia 2016


89’ · Colour


Phoenix (Blue Dog)
Levi Miller (Mick)
Bryan Brown (Grandfather)
Jason Isaacs (Michael Carter)
Hanna Mangan Lawrence (Betty Marble)
Thomas Cocquerel (Bill Stemple)
John Jarratt (Lang Hancock)
Justine Clarke (Diane Carter)
Zen McGrath (Theo Carter)
Winta McGrath (Nicolas Carter)


Kriv Stenders
Daniel Taplitz
Geoffrey Hall
Jill Bilcock, Rodrigo Balart
Cezary Skubiszewski
Sound Design
Chris Goodes
Production Design
Sam Hobbs
Anna Borghesi
Paula Jane Hamilton
Assistant Director
Charles Rotherham
Christine King
Production Manager
Anna Steel
Line Producer
Carol Hughes
Nelson Woss, Bryce Menzies
Executive Producers
Marc Van Buuren, Daniel Taplitz, Colin Vaines, Graham Burke, Joel Pearlman, Di Bain, John Poynton, Greg Parker
Chris Veerhuis, Mark Kraus, Jill Bilcock


Kriv Stenders

Born in Brisbane, Australia in 1964, he is one of Australia’s most renowned film directors. He graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School in Sydney in 1989 and since then has directed numerous documentaries, shorts and feature films as well as music videos and television series. His feature film Red Dog screened in the Berlinale Generation section in 2011 and was a huge box office success.

Filmography (selection)

2005 The Illustrated Family Doctor · Blacktown 2006 Boxing Day 2009 Lucky Country 2011 Red Dog 2014 Kill Me Three Times 2016 Red Dog: True Blue

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

Produced by

Good Dog Enterprises

Marshalls & Dent