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Last Ride

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Shot in stunning widescreen cinematography, Last Ride is a heartbreaking road movie through the ravishing, remote and rugged South Australian outback as ex-jailbird fugitive father Kev (Hugo Weaving, in a tender and bravura performance) takes his 10-year old son Chook (newcomer Tom Russell) on the run from the law. Based on Denise Young’s acclaimed novel, Last Ride is the riveting and morally complex portrayal of a brutal yet loving petty criminal struggling with parenthood. As father and son journey into the outback and an unknown future, they pit themselves against the elements and each other. In order to survive, Chook will have to make a choice between what he knows to be right and the love of his father, a decision which will have devastating consequences on both of their lives.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“4 Stars! A great film...astonishing in its visual beauty.”

Roger Ebert

Chicago Sun-Times

"A standout showcase for Weaving’s talents. Last Ride finds poetry in its gorgeous backdrop and its portrait of a complicated character."

Alison Willmore

A.V. Club

Young Artists Awards 2010 Nominee - Best Performance in an International Feature Film - Leading Young Performer, Tom Russell

Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2010 Nominee - Best Actor - Male, Hugo Weaving

Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2010 Nominee - Best Cinematography, Greig Fraser

Australian Film Institute 2009 AFI Award Nominee - Best Lead Actor, Hugo Weaving

Australian Directors Guild 2009 ADG Award Nominee - Best Direction in a Feature Film, Glendyn Ivin

Cast & Crew
  • Kev : Hugo Weaving
  • Chook : Tom Russell
  • Maryanne : Anita Hegh
  • Max : John Brumpton
  • Director : Glendyn Ivin
  • Producers : Antonia Barnard, Nicholas Cole, Ricci Swart
  • Writers : Mac Gudgeon (screenplay), Denise Young (novel)
  • Cinematographer : Greig Fraser
  • Editor : Jack Hutchings
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2009
  • Release Date : June 29, 2012
  • Countries of Production : Australia
  • Languages : English
  • Running Time : 100 minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 2.35:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Audio Commentaries with Director

Cracker Bag – Palme D’Or Winner for Best Short Film

The Desert – Short Film by Glendyn Ivin

Behind the Scenes Featurettes

Seven Emu: This is Where We Live Documentary

English Captions