Somehow I missed the box office powerhouse that was Red Dog, but if you did too, never fear – not only is this more prequel then sequel, but you get to watch a bit of the original during this second instalment. In the framing narrative, our protagonist Mick takes his two kids to watch it, along with every single other Australian family.
When he gets home, he tells his boy – who wants a dog – that he once had a canine bestie, back when he was a boy. That dog became Red Dog. So what they’d just watched on screen was a reconstruction of the later adventures of the dog that he once owned.
Someone will no doubt write a PhD on the intersection of history, fiction and metanarrative in the to-be-continued Red Dog trilogy, but it isn’t at all necessary to get your head around that. Because this is a simple tale of a boy, his dog, and his grandpa, along with a few other characters from a remote station in the Pilbara.
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