Resources sector backs ‘Red Dog’
Rio Tinto, Woodside and Westrac last week announced their support for ScreenWest supported feature, Red Dog. The companies will provide funding and logistical support for the project.
Red Dog is the tale of the iconic and extraordinary cattle dog that roamed the outback and brought together the Pilbara community. Red Dog's exploits were first given international prominence through award-winning author Louis De Bernières novel. Now his exploits will be seen all over the world with Australia's largest film distributor, Roadshow Films, set to release the film in 2011.
CEO Sam Walsh confirmed Rio Tinto's support for this project: "This is an exciting opportunity to showcase our industry, our people and the story of the Pilbara to the world. ‘Red Dog' was a frequent visitor to our operations and I believe this film will capture the spirit and history of this unique place".
Don Voelte Woodside CEO added "The film will portray what an amazing place the Pilbara is to live and work. Woodside has been a part of the North West since 1963 when we first began exploration off the coast. We are proud to be a part of this project - showcasing the history and sense of community which has grown in the region".
Contributing further support in the production will be WesTrac Pty Ltd, the Caterpillar dealer for WA, NSW/ACT and Northern China. "WesTrac started in WA 20 years ago with Caterpillar first having a presence here in 1925. The Pilbara is at the core of the mining industry in WA and we are delighted to be involved in telling its story" commented Jim Walker, Managing Director of WesTrac.
Producer Nelson Woss said, having the support of these world-class resource companies would allow the filmmakers to authentically show some of the dynamic WA resource operations. "We want to cast the best spotlight on the amazing Pilbara region".
"We look forward to working closely with the local community and Rio Tinto, Woodside and Westrac to tell this fantastic story" Mr. Woss said.
Culture and Arts Minister John Day also welcomed the support of Rio Tinto, Woodside and WesTrac. "Community is at the heart of the Red Dog story, so it's great to know that the Pilbara resources community is getting behind the film" Mr Day said. "Red Dog provides Western Australia with a unique opportunity to showcase the Pilbara landscape, industry and cultural heritage."
Woss Group Films promotional Red Dog footage can be viewed here .