Filming is underway in Western Australia’s Pilbara region on Blue Dog, the second movie in the Red Dog franchise.
Joining the canine ‘Blue Dog’ are distinguished Australian actors Bryan Brown (Australia, Beautiful Kate) and John Jarratt (Wolf Creek), alongside newcomer Levi Miller (Pan, Terra Nova) and UK actor Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, Fury, Black Hawk Down).
Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said Blue Dog would boost the State’s screen industry and further position Western Australia as a viable film making destination.
“A highly talented crew, including more than 60 local screen practitioners, are working on the film which is being shot entirely in the State,” Mr Day said.
More than 80 per cent of filming will take place in the Pilbara thanks to a $1.25 million investment through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions’ Pilbara Cities Economic Diversification Fund administered by the Pilbara Development Commission.
Producer Nelson Woss said “It’s terrific to be back in the Pilbara region where the local communities were so supportive of the first Red Dog film. Blue Dog will take audiences on another iconic, fun, uniquely Australian journey that will put the spotlight on a location known for mining, yet also rich with landscapes of mesmerising beauty and amazing local stories of myth and culture.”
Blue Dog is directed by Kriv Stenders (Kill Me Three Times, Red Dog), written by Daniel Taplitz (Red Dog) and produced by Nelson Woss (Red Dog, Ned Kelly).
Blue Dog is a family film set in outback Australia in the late 1960s and is the story of a young boy named Mick (Levi Miller) and his dog, growing up on a Cattle Station in the Pilbara, a grand and enormous landscape absolutely in the middle of nowhere. Mick prepares himself for a life of dull hardship but instead finds myth, adventure, and a friendship with a scrappy, one-of-a-kind pup that will change his life forever.
Roadshow Films and Good Dog Distribution will sell the film worldwide. BLUE DOG is set to release in Australia in 2016.
Blue Dog is proudly supported by Rio Tinto, Woodside Energy, Raw Hire Steel Blue Boots, ABC, Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation (NYFL), Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation (NAC), Film Victoria, Pilbara Development Commission, Screen Australia, ScreenWest and Lotterywest.