First Look: Baz Luhrmann's Australia

December 20, 2007
Source: The Herald Sun, Film School Rejects

First Look: Baz Luhrmann's Australia

Hopefully everyone has at least heard of Australia by now, but if not, here's our real first look at the film. Australia is Baz Luhrmann's latest film that stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, and David Wenham. It's a western about an English aristocrat who must go on a cattle drive across Australia. If you don't know, Luhrmann is the filmmaker who created the wonderful worlds of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! and we can expect nothing less but visual brilliance for Australia, too.

The first photo comes from The Herald Sun newspaper, where Hugh Jackman is quote as saying "To me, it's probably the best movie I have ever worked on." The film has a $100 million+ budget and I'm very interested to see what Luhrmann has done with that much money for a western. The rest of the photos come from our friends at Film School Rejects.

Anyone who has seen Moulin Rouge! knows what Baz Luhrmann is certainly capable of. After seeing what he can do with a musical love story, I'm looking forward to any movie he does next, whether it be a western or not. With each and every bit of information that gets out about Australia, I get that much more excited. Have a look for yourself.

Baz Luhrmann's Australia

Baz Luhrmann's Australia

Baz Luhrmann's Australia

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.

Australia is currently set to arrive in theaters on November 26th.

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


Nicole Kidman can't act to save her life, and with her botoxed wax-figure face looks totally out of place for this movie. I avoid(z) any movie with her in it.

avoidz on Dec 20, 2007


I think that Nicole Kidman is a good actor. Not great, but good. I think she looks appropriate for the role, and she definitely won't keep me from seeing the movie.

Derek on Dec 20, 2007


Hahaha, good word play avoidz. I don't know though, I don't think she's terrible. I don't think she's as amazing as everyone makes her out to be, but in the right roles she's okay. I hated that b*tch in Golden Compass though...

Alex Billington on Dec 20, 2007


Australia is going to be one of the most anticipated movies of all time. has been reporting on the progress of the film for over a year now, so feel free to visit for all the latest news! 🙂

Vanessa on Dec 29, 2007


Nicole Kidman is one of the best actresses of our times. Baz Luhrmann can do miracles with her. The Hours, Moulin Rouge, Dogville, The Others, Birth...I think she can act wonderful!

Saad on Dec 31, 2007


The US release date is November 14, not Sept. 5.

aussie on Feb 22, 2008


Very disappointing. Beautiful cinematography, but a ridiculous story peopled by caricatures, wooden acting (with notable exceptions, the best coming from indigenous actors who must have gagged over much of the script) and Nicole Kidman hopelessly miscast in this role. Baz Luhrmann should have known better than to allow such a patently stupid story line full of tacky and dishonest sentimentalism to dictate what could have have been a great movie. Looks very pretty, but empty... very empty. And w-a-a-y-y-yyy too long to sustain the saccharine story!

Denis on Mar 29, 2009

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