Sunday, 25 May 2008

Baz Luhrmann's AUSTRALIA

"Australia is Baz Luhrmann's first feature film since the 2001 musical success Moulin Rouge! The highly anticipated film centres on an English aristocrat in the 1930s, played by Nicole Kidman, who comes to northern Australia to sell a cattle property the size of Belgium. After an epic journey across the country with a rough-hewn drover, Hugh Jackman, they are caught in the bombing of Darwin during World War II. Filming began late April 2007 & concluded December 19th 2007. The film is slated for a November 13 2008 release."

The teaser trailer for Australia is below. For additional viewing options, visit the official site HERE.

After enjoying Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!, I'm looking forward to seeing his approach to this film which looks like a departure from his earlier work. Also, I highly recommend Nick Cave's The Proposition which (like the recently mentioned Dead Man) viscerally presents a convincing representation of a gritty period of history and like Luhrmann's latest is set in Australia.

I haven't enjoyed everything from Luhrmann but that doesn't diminish my admiration for his work which began with this gentle gem:

Bazmark Inq (official Baz Luhrmann site)
Baz Luhrmann Wiki
Baz the Great! (fansite)


Anonymous said...

Going strictly by the preview, it looks like it could go either way. I did enjoy "Moulin Rouge!" (but then again I'm a sucker for musicals). I just gave me pause when I saw NK playing cowgirl in the trailer. Hahaha! On the topic of Australia and Aborigines, did you happen to see "Rabbit-Proof Fence"?

Siouxfire said...

"Rabbit Proof Fence" is excellent and if I recall, it's set in the same time period as Luhrmann's "Australia". Going back even further, Peter Weir's "Gallipoli" is another favourite though I haven't seen that since we were last going to school together.

"The Proposition" is a slow burning film, but it really captures the isolation and risk involved to the early settlers in the Outback. Great performances from Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, Guy Pearce, and John Hurt.

Betty C. said...

I wish I could manage to watch so many movies. I did see Moulin Rouge at the cinema and liked it quite a bit -- although there is something that doesn't work about on-screen musicals, although I'll make an exception for Sweeney Todd! And Hairspray...

Siouxfire said...

Oh, what about Les Parapluies de Cherbourg? That film eats me up everytime.

Betty C. said...

Didn't I write a comment to you about that film? Maybe not. I just watched it again a while back and was enchanted -- more by the visual aspect of France in the 60s than by anything else, I think.

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