Red Dog, the WA-made feature film about a legendary kelpie who roamed the Pilbara during the 1970s, has been selected to screen in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.
It will receive its world premiere as part of the Generation 14plus section of the Berlin event, which in 2008 was won by another film with strong WA links, The Black Balloon.
Based on the novel of the same name by Louis de Bernieres and directed by Kriv Stenders (Lucky Country), Red Dog follows the intrepid, charismatic red cloud kelpie who hitched rides, adopted people and united communities throughout WA's mining region.
It features American actor Josh Lucas and a strong ensemble cast, including Koko the dog, Rachael Taylor, Loene Carmen and Luke Ford.
Koko will not be at the Berlin unveiling because of quarantine restrictions but he will attend both proposed WA premieres, one in Perth and the other in the Pilbara.
Red Dog is scheduled for release in Australia about Easter.
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