‘Last Cab to Darwin’ – Distilled

The journey as meme or trope, the road trip as its modern, especially American manifestation – these are familiar from Homer onwards. In ‘Last Cab to Darwin,’ an Aussie film set in Broken Hill, Darwin and the great outback, a cab driver (Rex)  traverses the landscape, human, physical, and metaphorical, picking up travellers, adventures and misadventures along the way, as he drives towards his final destiny – only to find that where he really needs to go is not the place he’s been heading towards.

To call the film ‘heart warming’ is to miss both its grittiness and the occasional dollop of saccharine, but that’s what you’re left with: a movie that stays with you, long after its ending. Marvellous performances from Michael Caton as Rex, and Ningali Lawford as his aboriginal partner; also Mark Coles Smith as the delightful rogue, Tilly.

Director: Jeremy Sims

Verdict: They don’t often make ’em like this. Go see it.

A cold bloody lager

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