Last Cab to Darwin
Distributed by Todos los Pueblos Productions
Directed by Jeremy Sims
DVD, color, 2 hrs.
Assisted Suicide, Death, Health Care Ethics, Native Peoples, Social Psychology, Diversity, Cancer
Reviewed by James Gordon, University at Buffalo Libraries
Date Entered: 8/28/2017
Rex, a cab driver dying of cancer, learns of an assisted suicide option and decides thatís what he wants. The doctor is 3,000 km away in Darwin, Australia. There is romance, brotherly love, sunrises, sunsets and empathy rolled into Rexís road trip to the end of his days. The acting, direction, editing, and photography are superb.
This movie touches on many important topics: interracial love, discrimination, acceptance, ethics of assisted suicide, end of life care, compassion, and extra-marital relationships. It is richly nuanced. Rex has a bromance with Tilly, a complex character who plays a pivotal role in Rexís trek. An extraordinary cast portrays the five principal characters brilliantly.
A separate documentary about this film was made titled, Gaps Between the Stars: The Story of 'Last Cab to Darwin'. That documentary is not included on the DVD reviewed here.
An instructors in any course that deals with death, dying, cancer, care-giving, diversity, race relations, death with dignity, or aging can recommend this movie to their students. It is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story.