TIFF review: ‘Last Cab to Darwin’ ★★★★

If there’s one thing that Australia has in spades it’s miles and miles of open road. Be it tarmacked or dust and dirt, lifelong cab driver, Rex (Michael Caton), covers a fair amount of both driving from Broken Hill, NSW, through Oz’s barren Red Centre, to Darwin at the tip of the Northern Territory. His objective in Jeremy Sims’ film: to take advantage of new euthanasia laws and cut short the three months he has been given to live after the recurrence of stomach cancer. “No fuckin’ hospitals,” says Rexy. He’s going out on his own terms and that’s that. Adapted from Reg Cribb’s play by playwright and director, Last Cab to Darwin raises the right-to-die/euthanasia debate, as well as posing questions of inherent racism.

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