I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return, but lessons only a dog can teach, I want you each to learn.
A Loan from God, Author unknown
A Chinese immigrant struggling to adjust to her new life in Australia, reluctantly adopts a stray dog, only to find herself embarking on a life changing journey.
THE BOOK OF MAX tells the story of the oldest friendship in history, the friendship between human and dog.
A respected teacher of Criminology & Sociology in Hong Kong, Ying Ying is struggling to find a purpose to her new life in Australia as a housewife. The last thing she wants is a dog, which happens to be the very thing her 10 year old daughter wants, more than anything.
In fact, Ying Ying harbours a lifelong fear and distrust of dogs. But, for her daughter's sake she reluctantly agrees to visit a local animal shelter. It is here that they meet Max, a dog, one day away from being put to sleep and adopt him.
It soon becomes apparent that Max was born with an uncanny ability to connect with humans, even making a breakthrough with a reclusive gardener named Walt, a man haunted by the memory of a faithful dog he was forced to abandon while serving in the army over 30 year earlier. But for Ying Ying, Max is still just a dog.
Things change though, when her daughter starts school and her husband departs for a long business trip abroad, leaving Ying Ying alone with Max.
Spending time with Max on her own, has an unexpected effect on Ying Ying, for in Max she finds an old soul, a teacher as well as a faithful friend. Max becomes the one constant in her life and as the bond grows between the two, her eyes are opened to a new way of seeing the world. The local park, frequented by the city’s dog lovers, becomes a place of magic and discovery and it is here that she finally finds a sense of belonging.
As she comes to embrace her new life, Ying Ying finds herself reconnecting to her past and the memory of her father, a distant and remote figure to his family, yet a man capable of showing tenderness to a stray dog.
Returning to China to lay her father's ghost to rest, Ying Ying finds that she is now shocked by some of the local customs regarding the treatment of animals, and sets out to educate people on the lessons taught to her by Max.
But this is not just a story of one woman and her dog, for this life changing journey that Ying Ying embarks upon with Max, will also lead her to discover a remarkable shared history. An ancient story that began in the last ice age, when a wolf tamed a human and an unlikely partnership was formed. A partnership that would change both species forever.
Told through a series of letters from Ying Ying to Max and based on the memoir STARTING WITH MAX, THE BOOK OF MAX is an intimate and visceral exploration of the transformative power of the human/canine bond.
CONCEPT ART FOR "THE BOOK OF MAX"
Directed by Ian & Dominic Higgins and based on the memoir STARTING WITH MAX, by Ying Ying, THE BOOK OF MAX is not just another film about life with a dog, but a visceral journey into the world of the dog, a vivid exploration of the transformative power of the human/canine bond and a celebration of an ancient and very special friendship between species. In telling the story of Max we are telling the story of all dogs.
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We are Pixel Revloution Films and we are passionate about telling good stories that deserve to be told. Our aim is to make films that will make a difference. We also pride ourselves on creating films with a distinct visual style.
Our previous feature film is a biopic on the life of Nagasaki atomic bomb survivor and peace activist Takashi Nagai entitled ALL THAT REMAINS which has just been picked up for distribution in America.
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