Last Cab to Darwin

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Australia | 2015 | 123 minutes | Jeremy Sims

Proving that it's never too late to start living, this wryly comic road movie follows a 70-year-old taxi driver who, after discovering he has terminal cancer, embarks on an eye-opening journey across the Australian outback in search of a pioneering physician.

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Laconic taxi driver Rex (Michael Caton, The Castle) has lived in the hardscrabble mining town of Broken Hill in New South Wales, Australia all his life. He's a stubborn old man, determined to do things his own way. After work each night, he gets quietly, soddenly drunk at the local pub with his three mates before returning home to his dog and his vinyl record collection. He also carries on a low-key relationship with his indigenous neighbor Polly (Ningali Lawford-Wolf, SIFF 2010's Bran Nue Dae). Soon after Rex learns that he has terminal stomach cancer, he happens to hear a radio program about a doctor trying to pass a death-with-dignity law—something that did happen in one Australian state in the '90s, but which is now illegal. Rex lights out for the town of Darwin in the Northern Territory, nearly 2,000 miles away, to seek the aid of this Dr. Farmer (Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom) and her euthanasia machine. Along his epic drive through the Outback, Rex picks up a few fares, who teach him that before you can end your life, you have to live it.

Director Biography
Jeremy Sims is an actor, director, and writer from Perth, Australia. As an actor, he has received multiple awards and nominations from the American Film Institute. Along with directing film, he regularly directs theater productions for the Sydney Theater Company. Last Cab to Darwin is his latest film since 2010's Beneath Hill 60.

Sponsored by W Seattle Hotel, AARP of Washington

  • Director: Jeremy Sims
  • Principal Cast: Michael Caton, Jacki Weaver, Ningali Lawford-Wolf, Emma Hamilton, Mark Coles Smith
  • Country: Australia
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 123 minutes
  • Producer: Greg Duffy, Jeremy Sims, Lisa Duff
  • Screenplay: Reg Cribb, Jeremy Sims
  • Cinematographers: Steve Arnold
  • Editors: Marcus D'Arcy
  • Music: Ed Kuepper
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Film Critics Circle Awards 2015 (Best Actor, Supporting Actor), AACTA Film Awards 2015 (Best Lead Actor, Adapted Screenplay)
  • Filmography: Beneath Hill 60 (2010); Last Train to Freo (2006)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: First Run Features
  • International Sales: Films Distribution