Last Cab to Darwin (film)

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Last Cab to Darwin
Last Cab to Darwin (film).png
Australian theatrical release poster
Directed by Jeremy Sims
Produced by Lisa Duff
Greg Duffy
Jeremy Sims
Written by Reg Cribb
Jeremy Sims
Based on Last Cab to Darwin by
Reg Cribb
Starring Michael Caton
Jacki Weaver
Music by Ed Kuepper
Cinematography Steve Arnold
Edited by Marcus D'Arcy
Release date
  • 6 June 2015 (2015-06-06) (Sydney Film Festival)
Running time
123 minutes
Country Australia
Language English
Box office A$8 million[1]

Last Cab to Darwin is a 2015 Australian film directed and produced by Jeremy Sims and based on the 2003 play of the same name by Reg Cribb. Michael Caton (as Rex) and Jacki Weaver (as Dr. Nicole Farmer) have starring roles.

Synopsis[edit]

When Rex, a taxi driver in Broken Hill, New South Wales, is told he doesn't have long to live, he decides to pursue euthanasia at a clinic in Darwin, Northern Territory. Along the way, he experiences various encounters which encourage him to re-evaluate his life.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The script for the film was adapted as a screenplay by Jeremy Sims and Reg Cribb. Sims' association with Reg Cribb began when his production company, Pork Chop Productions produced a successful stage version. The film was given the go-ahead by Screen Australia in October 2013 as one of six films to share in $5.4 million government funding.[2]

Shooting was scheduled to take place between May and June 2014.[3]

Historical background[edit]

The play and film are modelled on the true story of Max Bell, a taxi driver from Broken Hill who made the 3000 kilometre trip from Broken Hill to Darwin in 1996 seeking euthanasia. Like Rex in the film, Bell also drove back to Broken Hill, but Bell did so reluctantly. He had been unable to obtain the signatures required to proceed with euthanasia in Darwin and died slowly in hospital in Broken Hill, the fate he was trying to avoid.[4]

Reception[edit]

Last Cab to Darwin received positive reviews from critics and audiences, earning a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews with an average rating of 7.1 out of 10.[5]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Awards
(5th)
Best Film Lisa Duff Nominated
Greg Duffy Nominated
Jeremy Sims Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Won
Reg Cribb Won
Best Actor Michael Caton Won
Best Actress Ningali Lawford Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Mark Coles Smith Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Emma Hamilton Nominated
Best Cinematography Steve Arnold Nominated
People's Choice Award for
Favourite Australian Film
Lisa Duff Nominated
Greg Duffy Nominated
Jeremy Sims Nominated
ADG Award Best Direction in a Feature Film Nominated
AFCA Awards Best Film Lisa Duff Nominated
Greg Duffy Nominated
Jeremy Sims Nominated
Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Reg Cribb Nominated
Best Actor Michael Caton Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Mark Coles Smith Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Emma Hamilton Nominated
AWGIE Award Best Writing in a Feature Film – Adapted Jeremy Sims Nominated
Reg Cribb Nominated
CGA Award Best Film Casting Kirsty McGregor Won
FCCA Awards Best Film Lisa Duff Nominated
Greg Duffy Nominated
Jeremy Sims Nominated
Best Director Nominated
Best Script/Screenplay Nominated
Reg Cribb Nominated
Best Actor Michael Caton Won
Best Supporting Actor Mark Coles Smith Won
Best Supporting Actress Emma Hamilton Nominated
Ningali Lawford Nominated
Best Cinematography Steve Arnold Nominated
Sydney Film Festival Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Jeremy Sims Runner-up

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