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Australia (2008)

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Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shea Adams ... Carney Boy #3
... Bull
... Ramsden
... Sergeant Callahan
... Mission Boy (as Jamal Bednarz-Metallah)
Damian Bradford ... Constable #1
... King Carney
... Carney Boy #1
Tara Carpenter ... Essential Services Woman
Rebecca Chatfield ... Magarri's Niece
Lillian Crombie ... Bandy Legs
... Old Drunk
... Cath Carney
Arthur Dignam ... Father Benedict
Michelle Dyzla ... Hairdresser
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In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some violence, a scene of sensuality, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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26 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,800,723, 30 November 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,554,002, 26 March 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$211,342,221, 30 June 2012
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Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrmann agreed not to work together again after this film because their collaborations always collided with strong personal experiences. Luhrmann's father died on the first day of shooting Moulin Rouge! (2001). Kidman had her only successful pregnancy while making this film. See more »

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In the first "tent" scene between Drover, Sarah, and the Aboriginal stockmen, Drover speaks to Sarah while cleaning his teeth. His toothbrush has dark bristles in the center, white bristles around the outside, and a pointed end. In 1939, toothbrushes were rectangular, with white bristles. See more »

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[first lines]
Nullah: My grandfather, King George, he take'em me walkabout, teach me black fella way. Grandfather teach'em me most important lesson of all. Tell'em story. That day I down the billabong. King George, he teach me how to catch'em fish using magic song. See, I not black fella. I not white fella either. Them white fellas call me mixed-blood, half-caste, creamy. I belong to no one.
King George: That day I see'em them white fellas. They were pushing them cheeky bulls across the river onto Carney land.
Nullah: [...]
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Boab Lullaby
Music by Felix Meagher & Baz Luhrmann
Performed & Produced by Felix Meagher
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A true epic
26 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Baz Luhrmann has done a great job with 'Australia'. While cliché's and political agenda runs rife, this is set nicely into an historic, epic story in three distinct acts.

Great casting - Hugh Jackman was what the role needed, and he played the role very well. Nicole Kidman, while being rubbished by several critics, appeared somewhat typecast in her role, but that style was exactly what the role needed, and I think she did a great job at pulling it off. However, I think that the standout performances actually came from Brandon Walters (in his first film), Jack Thompson (in a minor role) and David Wenham who brought 'aussie sleaze' to a new level. Unfortunately, I had trouble believing in Ben Mendelsohn's character of Captain Dutton, but seemed to finish on a high, pulling the 'British stiff upper lip' thing fairly well.

Luhrman's epic was long, and had the full gamut of Luhrmanesque style, which we've come to love through his films. Stylised backgrounds, unique, visual approaches, and a sense of humour that is truly Luhrman, flood the film bringing a rich Australian environment.

'Australia' presents to the world, perhaps a very different Australia to what a lot of people think. While the fictional characters and some of the style is very reminiscent of "Gone with the Wind", the historical Darwin during the 'Stolen Generation' era and the impact of World War Two on Australia's doorstep may be a new insite to many.

I enjoyed 'Australia' a lot. While it wasn't the best film I've ever seen, I definitely think it's worth looking at - even if it's just to see what Baz Luhrman has done.


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