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KOKO: A Red Dog Story - Documentary Review

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Published October 24th 2020
A star with the ability to connect with people
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This is an endearing tale of KOKO, the kelpie dog who played Red Dog (2011) in the first film of the same name, also starring Josh Lucas. Produced by Nelson Woss (Red Dog, Red Dog True Blue, Ned Kelly) and Lauren Brunswick (Top Knot Detective), KOKO was written and directed by Dominic Pearce and Aaron McCann (Top Knot Detective) and narrated by Jason Isaacs (The Harry Potter Franchise, The Patriot and Peter Pan).

This documentary will be released on Home Entertainment
on 4 November 2020

Umbrella Entertainment and Good Dog Distribution will distribute the film via DVD and VOD which you'll also find here. A portion of the DVD's release revenue will be aiding The Dogs' Refuge Home of WA. Since 2012 the RED DOG franchise has contributed over $125,000 to shelters around Australia.


This is a film for all of you who are curious and would love a visual story about how KOKO became Red Dog, his rise to fame and what happened to him after filming. A perky pup with the ability to connect with people, KOKO went from navigating his local community and his life as a show dog to the film and entertainment business through meeting dog trainer Luke Hura. His rise to stardom and the amazing life he led gave birth to a legacy of helping other dogs in shelters.

This is actually a film of fact and fiction within the documentary, with actors playing the starring roles of Nelson Woss (actor Felix Williamson), Carol Hobday (actress Sarah Woods) and Kriv Stenders (actor Toby Truslove). The actual individuals also make an appearance, as does Josh Lucas, star of the first Red Dog and they fondly recall and reminisce about moments and situations with KOKO. Raised by breeders Carol and Len Hobday (though we only hear Len's voice, but never see him in the film at all) KOKO was born in Dunolly, Victoria.


Full of charisma, it's not long before KOKO captures every heart on-set, especially that of Woss , and eventually goes to live with him and his family after filming. This is a film for all the dog lovers out there and for those who'd love to have their hearts touched by KOKO's tale and have a bit of a laugh at some of the humour in the film. You'll fall in love all over again with Red Dog. This dog is well trained and gives a performance to rival its human counterparts. You know what they say about acting with kids and animals!

The one thing that stood out was how uncannily the actress who played Carol Hobday looked like her. The other outstanding part of the film was the raw emotions of those closest to KOKO, namely Wos, whose heart was completely stolen, as yours may well be. If you've ever loved an animal, you'll feel the full weight of that connection. Support this Aussie icon as it supports animal shelters in return. It's a documentary that pays it forward.

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Why? KOKO: A Red Dog Story - Documentary Review
When: Releases on Home Entertainment (DVD & VOD) on 4 Nov 2020
Where: Australia
Your Comment
Kriv Stenders the director of 'Red Dog' was allergic to dogs - that was interesting!
by eligi (score: 1|17) 39 days ago
The story red dog is fiction, I lived in Dampier for years, before Karatha existed and long after and there was never a red dog
by goodw (score: 0|5) 38 days ago
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