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Last Cab arrives

Thursday, 24th April, 2014

Co-writer Reg Cribb with Jeremy Sims in Silverton. Co-writer Reg Cribb with Jeremy Sims in Silverton.

The director and crew of “Last Cab to Darwin” have been in the city scouting for sites.

“We have an office based here and we have been cleaning up houses to use for the main character and his neighbour,” said Jeremy Sims, the movie’s director and co-writer.

“We will be shooting there for a week and we will be doing some scenes at the All Nations Hotel.”

The filming is due to start on Monday, May 5.

“We are on schedule,” Mr Sims said. “This has been a long time coming.

“We were worried about the rain, but it’s OK and on the way up to Darwin it is still pretty arid.”

Last Cab to Darwin, which was originally a play, is a drama about a man who is told he doesn’t have long to live and embarks on an epic drive from Broken Hill to Darwin to die on his own terms.

On his journey he discovers that before you can end your life you have to live it - and to live it, you have to share it.

Michael Caton will feature in the lead role with Emma Hamilton and The Gods of Wheat Street’s Mark Coles Smith. Jacki Weaver is set to play a doctor. 

Reg Cribb (Bran Nue Dae, Last Train to Freo) and Jeremy Sims wrote the screenplay, which was inspired by the cases of Broken Hill taxi driver Max Bell and Bob Dent. 

Bell, terminally ill, drove the 3,000km to Darwin in the early 1990s in hope of using the Northern Territory’s voluntary euthanasia laws. Dent was the first Australian to die from a legal, voluntary lethal injection in the Northern Territory in 1996.

Caton plays a character named Rex, a Broken Hill taxi driver. Ningali Lawford-Wolf (Bran Nue Day, Rabbit Proof Fence) has been cast as Polly, an Aboriginal woman who is Rex’s next door neighbour and occasional lover, a role written specifically for her. 

The cast and crew will spend about two and a half weeks in the city before filming on the road and in Darwin.

Caton flew into the city on Tuesday and the rest of the cast will arrive during the week.

“We are really excited to get underway,” Mr Sims said.

“We love Broken Hill. We are not using it just as a generic setting, Broken Hill itself is a character in the film. 

“We love the feel of the place, particularly Railwaytown. We will also be using the main street to film.”

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