The Sydney premiere of RED DOG: TRUE BLUE, directed by Kriv Stenders, took place recently at Event cinemas in George Street with many of its stars in attendance. The biggest star of all was Phoenix, the Red Dog. Unfortunately, the original Red Dog, Koko, died of congestive heart failure in 2012.
This film is a prequel to the original film and shows the relationship of a young boy with the young dog who later grows up to be a real life legend.
The film first premiered in Karatha, Western Australia, the movie’s locale, and Phoenix’s performance at the AACTA’s Red Carpet did not phase him.
Phoenix is in fact the younger cousin of Koko. When producer Nelson Woss was asked to compare the personalities of the two dogs he stated that Koko was a pure ham, lapping up all the attention whereas Phoenix was a consummate professional.
RED DOG:TRUE BLUE opens in cinemas on Boxing Day.
Featured image- Cast and crew shot. All images by Ben Apfelbaum.