Blue Dog a tale of change in the Pilbara
Courtney Fowler June 9, 2015, 1:10 am The West Australian
Karratha Station was once a thriving cattle station but for the past six weeks, it has been transformed into the film set for Blue Dog, a film about the early years of the much-loved kelpie star, Red Dog.
Filming at the station wrapped up yesterday and producer Nelson Woss said putting a spotlight on the Pilbara was something he had been passionate about since filming Red Dog in 2010.
Woss said the narrative, set in the late 1960s, portrayed the region as it transformed from a pastoral to a mining economy.
“This is a coming-of-age story about a community, a young boy Mick (Levi Miller), his family and a scrappy, one-of-a-kind pup that will change his life for ever,” he said.
“In a lot of ways the story is about change and finding your home.”
“Ultimately, the Red Dog story is very much region-specific and I love that there is a story from right here in the Pilbara that resonates all over Australia and the world.”
Last month, Woss travelled to Wickham Primary School and a Pannawonica community event, where more than 80 locals turned out to meet some of the Blue Dog cast and crew, including Bear, one of the kelpies playing Blue in the film.
“We've managed to have performances from locals, from speaking parts to extras and whenever we’ve needed help we have reached out to the local community, who have always been there for us,” he said.
Local Ngarluma man and tour operator Clinton Walker was a cultural adviser during filming of the new movie.
“It’s a proud moment,” he said.
“As a people from this region we want people to know who we are and that this is a beautiful country full of history and culture.”
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