Must Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Australia Trailer!

May 18, 2008
Source: Apple

Australia Trailer

The first trailer for Baz Luhrmann's Australia has just popped up out of nowhere and damn does it look incredible! The latest batch of photos we showed you gave the impression that this would be something very unique and entertaining, like all of Baz Luhrmann's movies, but I didn't expect this! I'm completely impressed by this trailer and now very excited for the arrival of this film in November. It reminds me of a western, but with an Australian touch. The intro with Nicole Kidman and the girl reminds me of The Fall as well, but there's war and much more. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes out of their day to watch this trailer - you might enjoy it way more than you were expecting!

Watch the first trailer for Australia:

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You can also watch the Australia trailer in High Definition on Apple

A romantic action-adventure set in northern Australia prior to World War II, Australia centers on an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Jackman) to drive 2000 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. With his new film, Luhrmann is painting on a vast canvas, creating a cinematic experience that brings together romance, drama, adventure and spectacle.

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.

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Heath ledger was hired for this role but declined to do The Joker instead; Thank God!

Vic on May 18, 2008


I still think this will be dissapointing..

max on May 18, 2008


Does anyone else think that the music from :25-:40 sounds like "The Ecstasy of Gold" from The Good the Bad and The Ugly only slightly redone?

Ginger on May 18, 2008


Max #2 - Can you please provide some reasoning behind why you think this will be disappointing?

Alex Billington on May 18, 2008


To be perfectly honest, this doesnt tickle my fancy in the least... I will need to see more.

Jack Graziano on May 18, 2008


Wow. that looks impressive. Hope the story is good. And Nicole Kidman actually looks good again.

Heckle on May 18, 2008


I love all of Luhrmann's films, but this one seems a little off. I'm not saying I don't like it, but I'm not convinced either way. Plus, my dislike of westerns isn't helping any.

Nettle on May 18, 2008


Yes I definitely noticed that Ginger

Mike on May 18, 2008


I think this movie will be spectacular. There are not to many true auteur directors left in hollywood, and Baz is one of them. I think that this film will probably be his best, because it is a movie about his home. The passion is there for all of the players. People will be very surprised by how well this does( awards/ box office, etc). Correct me if I am wrong but I believe the budget is 140 million and he is not a wasteful director from what I know. I encourage every one that loves film to check out his set to screen series on itunes.

Tyler on May 18, 2008


I feel like I should want to see this movie, I want to want to see it, but I don't. Not sure if its the trailer or what.

Richard on May 18, 2008


Looks like this year's Atonement.

Zach D. on May 18, 2008


Ginger, yeah I heard it as well. I wonder if it was intentionally.

MT on May 18, 2008


How did this get you excited Alex? The trailer didn't even explain the plot that well. I had to read the explanation provided below. And WHY does Nicole Kidman always put her hair back like that?! She looks soooo much better with long hair. This hairdo puts images of a PTSA President in my head, not sexy Nicole Kidman, hot actress from the Badlands of Australia.

Reza on May 18, 2008


Alex, you are true fan of movies, I can tell just from reading your posts...We have sort of similar taste and I admire you...Also, I think Australia will be just perfect, Yesterday I watched Moulin Rouge (again) and Baz is a genius; Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman? I'm in! ; )

m4st4 on May 18, 2008


Reza - I only became a fan of westerns recently with 3:10 to Yuma and Assassination of Jesse James. I knew the plot when I watched this, and I just thought it looked great, has a great story, and just looks like it'll one hell of a unique cinematic experience. I hate to use that term again, but Baz Luhrmann is truly a great auteur, as Tyler said above, and this looks like it'll live up to Moulin Rouge! and possibly be even better. That's just my opinion and feeling I got from it. And thank you #14! 🙂

Alex Billington on May 18, 2008


Holy shit. I hate you fox. You are winning me over with several of your movies nowadays.

Jojo on May 19, 2008


Alex: I just get the feeling from the dialogue shown it was poor. It just looks tacky. You can slash anything together, put it over an orchestra, it will look good. The clips that presented the movie as it would be (without the orchestra and without the most dramatic scenes being picked out for a 15 second slideshow) looked poor IMO.

max on May 19, 2008


I have been waiting for this film for so long...I love Hugh Jackman...he is the perfect fit for the role and Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrmann are a great match as director/actress...even if the plot lets me down(which I highly doubt it will) I know the cinematography will be astounding...Alex you are right to be excited...and if you want to see a Unforgiven by Clint Eastwood...of course I am a softy for Mr. Eastwood...

Maxx on May 19, 2008


One question, and maybe it's just me. What happened to Nicole Kidman's face??

Scorpio on May 19, 2008


I was so extremely excited for this film, particularly after watching the set to screen podcasts, but I have to sort of agree with the people who aren't impressed with this trailer. I feel let down, although I'm not quite sure why. I'll still go see it, because trailers dont always mean anything. But I'm disappointed.

Traveler on May 19, 2008


I actually think this looks pretty good. The landscape scenes and the fighter planes look like this could be quite promising. Besides, Nicole Kidman performances are usually enough to sit back and appreciate regardless. By the way, Asswhipe, this isn't your personal blog website, keep your afflictions posted where people might appreciate them. (Can't wait for his arbitrary response)

Conrad on May 19, 2008


When Jackman first emerges from those doors, he looked exactly like Eastwood in The Good, the Bad, and the etc.

Matt Stryker on May 19, 2008


YES OH MY GOD YES. I cant wait till this comes out.

ramez on May 19, 2008


this will be visually award winning but as of now i cant say much more about it.

Ryan on May 19, 2008


let's give it the benefit of the doubt, i am going to see it

paulina on May 19, 2008


man, I was really looking forward to this having loved R & J and the Moulin Rouge. Sadly, this trailer disappoints. Something about it seems too good to be true. After writing that I realized that's kind of Lurhmann's stock and trade: disbelief. He creates fairy tales that are larger than life. My better judgement tells me to remain wary of this movie but the believer in me wants to believe in Lurhmann and Kidman... I hope they come through.

Alex on May 19, 2008


I may be exaggerated but the cinematography looks amazing, definitely Oscar worthy. I hope the story is good too. I'm not a western fan but still the cameraworks is enough to attract me to see this film.

d_c on May 19, 2008


Looks to me that Baz has done it again......I wonder what he will do next ?? Looking forward to seeing it !!

Koala Bill on May 24, 2008


I think your all nuts (anyon who didn't like it) I did see this trailer and say "yup, that's the one for me!" This film looks amazing it'll be great for the world to get a little does of Australia in their tea and to learn a little about Australian history and the Sound World War from an Aussie view point not yet another Yankee one. And to say nothing about the awesome contribution it'll have to Australian tourism and the oldest feature film industry in the world, the Australian Film Industry. On-yah Baz, you little ripper!!! I can't wait. PS I'm pretty sure if this film is coming out in Nov we're going to see a few more trailers after this. So don't judge a book by it's cover or a film by it's first trailer. Make Movie Not War!

Nicko on May 25, 2008


I love this trailer! The movie looks and sounds spectacular, and since it is Baz Luhrmann directing I think that's exactly what it will be. Wonderful acting, beautiful scenery, emotional and intense music, and romance and action/ adventure throughout the film. This is going to be a must-see, I'm sure! 🙂

Carolyn on May 25, 2008


This looks like a visual feast. Very excited about this. I hope Aussie-composer, David Hirschfelder is up to the task of scoring this film. Big. Bold. Epic. No holding back on this one - let the orchestra and didgeridoos rip!

Christopher on May 28, 2008


I live in the Northern Territory where it's set and it looks just like my back yard. With a bit of movie magic added and minus 60 years of progress of course. Watching that makes me want to go camping this weekend ;-D

Antoi on Jun 25, 2008


Oh, and just because it shows people droving cattle in the outback, doesn't necessarily make it a Western.

Antoi on Jun 25, 2008


I'm really looking forward to this film. I've spent time in Australia myself, and personally know the hell that place can be. Just from this trailer, I can't see why this movie wouldn't be this year's "No Country" or "There Will Be Blood". I don't see much on the horizon, other than "Australia" that could rival those two. Add in the cast it's got, and you've got a recipe for greatness. However, we've got a while til November, and some more trailers headed our way. I'm crossin' my fingers that this one doesn't disappoint.

Will on Jun 28, 2008


Here are some awesome fake trailers from youtube for Australia - very clever...

Beaumont on Jul 2, 2008


it's paid for by the tourist board of australia, its basically a giant ad. Which is why it smells funny.

diana on Jul 18, 2008


does anyone know the title of the song near the end of the trailer? I would really like to download it

Mark on Aug 11, 2008


Look more like one of those government sponsered film. The name is abit weird anyway.

Dom on Sep 18, 2008


This movie I think is gonna be done very well and will be entertaining. Especially after looking at the second trailer.

Jason Charles on Oct 7, 2008


The song in the trailer near the end is: St. Crispin’s Day/ The Battle Of Agincourt by “City Of Birmingham Symphony”. If anyone still cares.

Jason Charles on Oct 7, 2008


Yet another movie made in the Outback. More sterotypes, more desert, more outback..we have CITIES...lots of them and lots of people live in them and yet not one film made in any of them. Yet another Australian film that ignores where the MAJORITY of Australians that little place called SYDNEY? This is the reason everyone thinks there are kangaroos hopping down George Street and all that anyone knows is Ayers Rock.....I can think of a dozen ideas for films done in the cities where millions of people live..and not a kangaroo in sight. Another film I will NOT see.

Nemesis12 on Oct 17, 2008


Shadow Run Sen Const Larkins is on his way home when his mobile goes off...and the picture of his wife and child, held hostage appears in the camera view.A voice crackles "You have six hours in which to find them or they die" he races against time to find them, he is joined by a rookie officer who is also caught up in this nightmare..and soon they realise that the stakes are much much higher.. ..each of the hostages is next to a chlorine bomb hidden in a residential area. Working against the clock, involved in a gun battle that now has their own people after them, the two follow a headlong pursuit through city streets, if the bombs don't get them, their own police will. See? Not one kangaroo makes an appearance, and that's an action film done in a city with genuine interest and Aussie characters in it.

Nemesis12 on Oct 17, 2008


When the Wind Roars A massive storm blows out of the coast, and slamming into Sydney Harbour, causes one of the Bridge supports to begin to crumble. With the lives of a hundred people trapped on the Bridge in the balance, the emergency services face their greatest challenge, and their worst fears. Suspense, possible special effects extravaganza, human drama, action. And nowhere near the Outback. Darkness Be Thy Name A serial killer stalks the streets of Perth. Detective James and his team work to find and stop him before he takes next victim...what none of them know is that all is not as it seems, and that the killer hides a deadly secret...and a legacy from another time. Police drama aka The Bone Collector, suspense, murder , mystery, action. Anyone interested yet?

Nemesis12 on Oct 18, 2008

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