Last Cab to Darwin is an Australian road movie about a taxi driver in the mining town of Broken Hill, who has spent his life avoiding getting close to people – even his best friend and occasional lover Polly, who lives across the road. One day, Rex discovers he doesn’t have long to live. Not wanting to be forced to rely on anyone, least of all Polly, he decides to leave his home and drive alone the 3000 kms across the Australian continent to Darwin, where a recently passed law and a willing Dr. Farmer will allow him to die on his own terms. Along the way, he experiences various encounters which encourage him to re-evaluate his life. But on his epic journey he discovers that before you can end your life you’ve got to live
Last Cab to Darwin received positive reviews from critics and audiences. It has heart and humour and a sense of history about black-white relations.
Last Cab to Darwin was modelled on the true story of Max Bell, a taxi driver from Broken Hill who made the 3000 kilometre trip from Broken Hill to Darwin in 1996 seeking euthanasia. Like Rex in the film, Bell also drove back to Broken Hill, but Bell did so reluctantly. He had been unable to obtain the signatures required to proceed with euthanasia in Darwin and died slowly in hospital in Broken Hill, the fate he was trying to avoid. Last Cab to Darwin cannot be described as a film promoting the campaign for the legalisation of voluntary assisted dying in Australia.