Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Dead Man Driving; This Is a Refreshing, Smart, Emotional and Completely Australian Film

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Dead Man Driving; This Is a Refreshing, Smart, Emotional and Completely Australian Film

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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.

He has never been outside of Broken Hill, and his first experience outside the town may be his last.

His journey shows him that before you can end your life, you have to live it, and to live it, you've got to share it.

This film, by director and co-writer Jeremy Sims, takes on the Australia that was first depicted in the loved Red Dog (2011), as the setting for a truly memorable story, framed by fantastic performances by the likes of Michael Caton, Mark Coles Smith, Ningali Lawford, Jacki Weaver, John Howard and Emma Hamilton.

Ningali Lawford-Wolf is subtle but wonderful as Polly, Rex's neighbour and lover.

Mark Coles Smith plays Tilly, the charming but somehow lost character that brightens up the screen every time he smiles.

It is refreshing to see original Australian characters that live within their cultures but are not defined by it. …

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