'Want to see a movie?, asked R. Fine with me, we shall see Red Dog. We went into Melbourne Central but either I had the movie time wrong or the website was wrong. We had some lunch into the newly and nicely renovated food court. It was so popular and busy. I then realised that several levels under us was the city train loop, so although it was now 2pm, we could make the 2.30 session at the Jam Factory in South Yarra if we caught the train and walked from South Yarra Station. We did so.
What can I say about Red Dog? It is a very Australian movie. Even though a lead character was American, possibly to make the film more marketable overseas, I don't think it will translate well. Having said that, it was an enjoyable enough movie. Light perhaps, but oh dear, tear inducing too. Take your tissues and dark glasses, and ladies, you better do the same.
As we left the cinema and wandered out through the atmosphereless Jam Factory, I remembered we had a kelpie when I was a kid. As a breed, I am not so keen on them. Although they are arguably the best cattle and sheep dogs, I don't think of them as great pets. They are just way too alert for my liking. Their eyes flick back and forth, ever watchful for a cow that is straying and needs rounding up, even when they are inside. I then remembered the dogs name, guess??? It was Red. I don't know why some dogs chase cars. He was the only car chasing dog we ever owned. One night he made a grave error by not noticing that the car he was pursuing was towing a trailer. That was the end of Red.
In the evening I phoned Sister to see how things were with her. She had taken Little Jo to see Red Dog that afternoon too. We were both in cinemas an hour's drive apart at the same time watching the same movie.
I was surprised to learn in the movie credits that it was based on a real dog.
Two days of dog tales. That will be enough for a while.
Later edit: I should make mention that the film featured a cameo by the wonderful but late Bill Hunter. I expect it was his last performance. He will be sorely missed from our screens.