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‘Last Cab’ gets rolling downtown

Tuesday, 6th May, 2014

Several scenes of a new movie based on the life of a BH taxi driver were shot in Argent Street yesterday. Several scenes of a new movie based on the life of a BH taxi driver were shot in Argent Street yesterday.

By Emily Roberts

Argent Street was buzzing with film crews yesterday and locals may have even caught a glimpse of actor Michael Caton.

Filming of ‘Last Cab to Darwin’ started yesterday with scenes in the main street and around the city.

One of the producers, Greg Duffy, said the first day had been very successful.

“We started shooting near Dimmey’s and then we moved to Argent Street,” Mr Duffy said.

“We had Michael Caton, who plays Rex, driving around and picking up people and dropping them off. We also did some shooting opposite Pro Hart’s gallery.”

Michael Caton plays Rex, a cab driver who, when told he doesn’t have long to live, sets out to drive from here to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms.

Writer Reg Cribb (Bran Nue Dae) and Jeremy Sims have co-written the screenplay fo rthe movie which was inspired by the stories of Max Bell and Bob Dent, amongst others.  

Dent was the first Australian to die from a legal, voluntary lethal injection in the Northern Territory in 1996. 

The character of Rex is original, but was inspired by elements of Max Bell and Bob Dent’s experiences.

“It is all going really well, the sun is out, the locals have been wonderful and very co-operative,” Mr Duffy said. “They have been very accommodating and helpful.”

The next stages of filming will include shooting in Rex’s house in Gaffney Street.

“We will be here for two weeks,” Mr Duffy said. “We are having a good time and are enjoying being in Broken Hill.”

The film crew will next head to South Australia to shoot in Maree, William Creek, Oodnadatta and Marla before heading to Alice Springs, Barrow Creek, Tennant Creek, Daly Waters and Katherine.

The seven-week shoot is due to conclude in Darwin in late June.

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