Annie Leibovitz's Photos of Baz Luhrmann's Australia
After shooting some amazing photos from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull earlier this year, world renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz's next assignment in cinema was to head down to Australia for Baz Luhrmann's latest adventure. Vogue hired Leibovitz to do a photo shoot with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman on the set of Luhrmann's Australia, a film which already looks lavish itself. Although these photos are already featured in the latest issue of Vogue magazine, I thought they deserved an extra mention because of how gorgeous they are. Whether or not this film turns out to be any good, at least it will look beautiful. Take a look at Leibovitz's photos from the shoot below.
You can read the complete article in Vogue, without spoilers, over on their website. Or if you're just up for looking at these beautiful photos, you can find them all below. Don't forget to watch the trailer if you haven't seen it already - it's a wonderful compliment to this wonderful photography.
In the article, which focuses entirely on Kidman, she explains that Australia is her dream project for three reasons: she gets to work with Hugh Jackman, she gets work with Baz Luhrmann again, and she gets to work on a movie about her own native country. As Jackman says, "there'll never be an Australian movie like this again." Although the article continues to dive more into the boring part of Kidman's working and personal life, she does mention a few intriguing details about Baz that get me excited for Australia. "Baz is not afraid to abandon himself to romance. He's this very, very big thinker who has this rare, almost childlike naiveté. We all feed off his passion." You can read the full article over at Vogue.
Australia is both co-written and directed by Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann of Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet previously. Other high profile screenwriters Ronald Harwood (The Pianist, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Stuart Beattie (Collateral, Pirates of the Caribbean, G.I. Joe), and Richard Flanagan (The Sound of One Hand Clapping) have been involved with elements of the script as well. Australia is currently set to arrive in theaters on November 26th.