Last Cab to Darwin
Directed by Jeremy Sims
Starring Jacki Weaver, Michael Caton, Emma Hamilton, Ningali Lawford and Brian Taylor
Rex is a loner, and when he's told he doesn't have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms; but his journey reveals to him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you've got to share it.
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★★★★ review by Rebecca Ryan on Letterboxd
One of the most realistic representations of Australia (and some of its people) I have ever seen on screen.
The characters are complex and flawed. They are genuine and beautiful.
A wonderful feat for Australian filmmaking.
★★★½ review by Kristian Cooper on Letterboxd
Australian needs more films that show the beauty of this vast nation. Unfortunately the film delves into a very touchy subject, Euthanasia and that is a subject that has been subject to much debate and discussion. However the performance of Michael Caton (the castle) as Rex was just superb. He’s the typical bloke you can’t help but love and feel sorry for because cancer sucks. Throw in a few touching and funny moments and you get a road trip film like no other. If you haven’t seen this film and you love Australian cinema this one is well worth a look into.
★★★★ review by Mud on Letterboxd
It is quintessentially Australian from the depiction of the people to the places and sights seen. The actors suit their roles and I found them honest portrayals. I have meet folks just like them. Best film I have seen in awhile.
★★★½ review by Callum Hofler on Letterboxd
After the travesty that was The Water Diviner, I was sure my love of Australian drama had been tarnished beyond repair, but here I am, surprisingly impressed by Jeremy Sims' earnest and affecting adaptation of Reg Cribb's 2003 play of the same name, Last Cab to Darwin. What could have been your average Australian road-trip feature (Charlie and Boots) separates itself from convention thanks to dedicated performances from all involved (Michael Caton in particular, obviously), its distinctive personality and pace, detailed and evocative cinematography, and intelligent twists. It suffers from length issues, the two hour duration excessive at even the best of instances, and the score, by Ed Kuepper, is a meaningless piece of fluff that adds very little emotional punch to an otherwise powerful viewing experience. But all the same, it's a strong drama that is most certainly worthy of a look, if just to support impressive Australian cinema.
★★★★ review by OakleighIrish on Letterboxd
Last Cab is a bit of an unpolished gem. The cast are surprisingly very good. Caton does well in the main role of this tender and bittersweet film.
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