What is 'Australia' the movie?
is an epic and romantic action adventure, set
on the explosive brink of World War II. In it,
an English aristocrat, Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole
Kidman) travels to the faraway continent where
she meets a rough-hewn local (Hugh Jackman) and
reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to
save the land she inherited. Together, they embark
upon a transforming journey across hundreds of
miles of the world’s most beautiful yet
unforgiving terrain, only to face the bombing
of the city of Darwin.
his new film, Luhrmann is painting on a vast canvas,
creating a cinematic experience that brings together
romance, drama, adventure and spectacle.
addition to Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, Australia
stars a wealth of Australian talent including
David Wenham, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown and David
Gulpilil. It also introduces to the screen, Brandon
Walters as Nullah, the boy who steals Lady Ashley’s
has been passionately created by Oscar nominated
Baz Luhrmann, one of the world’s leading
directors with production and costumes designed
by two time Oscar winner, Catherine Martin. These
talented Australians have collaborated previously
through their production company, Bazmark Inq
to create such masterpieces as Moulin Rouge, Romeo
+ Juliette and Strictly Ballroom.
epic romantic adventure event film that is Australia
was filmed on location in Western Australia, the
Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
dramatic and rugged landscape of Western Australia’s
east Kimberley region is one of the film’s
featured locations. Much of the World War II action
was shot in Darwin, in the Northern Territory.
Other scenes were shot at Bowen on Queensland’s
north coast; at Vaucluse on Sydney Harbour; and
in the historic town of Camden, an outer Sydney
New South Wales
Themes - Experience Australia
storyline and locations for Australia have the
capacity to deliver powerful messages about the
beauty and diversity of the country as well as
its European and Aboriginal history. The storyline
also supports the positioning of Australia as
a transformational, adventurous and romantic destination.
red deserts to lush green waterholes, open spaces
and sky that goes on forever; in Australia’s
outback a new adventure awaits at every turn.
It’s vast. It’s red. It’s welcoming.
It’s magical. Lose yourself in the heart
of this country, its people and its stories. That’s
the thing with the Aussie outback – when
you’re here, it becomes your story; your
time and place.
Outback is our ultimate mystery. It’s a
massive place where the immense distances and
raw nature stretch across endless tracts of an
ancient land. Yet the outback remains a natural
wonder, rich with water and teeming with life
if you know where – and when – to
is the perfect backdrop for a love story. Its
eternal landscapes open your soul, its moods speak
of mystery and promise. Its infinite sky watches
over you like a lovers’ gaze. Australia
stirs the emotions; adventures of the heart await
at every turn.
romance of Australia cannot be ignored. Imagine
riding a camel through the sand dunes at sunset,
or floating in a hot air balloon above the awakening
desert at sunrise. There’s solitude if you
want, or the sublimely romantic experience of
star-gazing under a velvety night sky. The country,
its people and its stories feel right.
Indigenous people belong to an ancient living
culture. Their history spans over 50,000 years,
and their stories give us a unique way to understand
the birth of our land, its cragginess, spirituality
knowledge is spiritual. It connects people with
their land through art, dance, music, secret stories
and ritual journeys into the mysteries known as
the Dreamtime, when ancestral spirits came to
Earth and created all things. In those wondrous
outback landscapes you will see visual reminders
of the Dreamtime spirits’ journeys everywhere.
is made for adventure. Its horizons are limitless.
Whether you’re in the outback or the Australian
Alps, it’s easy to sense how being part
of this boundless wilderness is an adventure in
of Australia remains wild and sparsely populated.
See it on horseback, or test yourself against
some of most rugged 4WD tracks imaginable. Camp
under the stars, climb aboard a desert camel train,
or canoe down one of the continent’s mighty
rivers. Adventure lies in giving yourself over
to this unique and ancient environment.
are thousands of journeys to follow here. From
the very beginning, Aboriginal people recognised
the only way to know their country was to walk
through it letting nature and spirits shape their
journey. The routes they followed were their songlines.
songlines are called into being by travellers
who take the time to discover the diversity and
wonder of Australia and its people. Wander the
countryside, explore the red desert, swim in a
waterhole, spend time among the vineyards, plunge
into the surf. You will want your journey to never
movie is slated for release in 70 countries around
the world – including Australia which will
be the first to release the movie on 13 November
2008, followed by the United States on 14 November.
It will subsequently be rolled out globally finishing
in Japan winter 2009.
markets for the movie’s release are aligned
to those markets from which Australia generates
most visitation: the United States, Australia,
New Zealand, Japan, the United Kingdom, South
Korea, France and Italy, plus numerous other countries
that are also key to our marketing strategy.
DVD release will follow in the March/April 2009
time period in most key global markets.
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