Australia (2008) HD online
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Shea Adams||-||Carney Boy #3|
|Tony Barry||-||Sergeant Callahan|
|Jamal Sydney Bednarz||-||Mission Boy (as Jamal Bednarz-Metallah)|
|Damian Bradford||-||Constable #1|
|Bryan Brown||-||King Carney|
|Nathin Butler||-||Carney Boy #1|
|Tara Carpenter||-||Essential Services Woman|
|Rebecca Chatfield||-||Magarri's Niece|
|Lillian Crombie||-||Bandy Legs|
|Max Cullen||-||Old Drunk|
|Essie Davis||-||Cath Carney|
|Arthur Dignam||-||Father Benedict|
In an interview that aired October 16, 2008, Hugh Jackman told 60 Minutes (1979) that Nicole Kidman agreed to star in the film without reading the script. According to Jackman, she told him at a Super Bowl party that she had to be in the movie. When Jackman told her he didn't even have a script, Kidman told him to forget the script, because Baz Luhrmann was directing.
Nicole Kidman saved Hugh Jackman from a poisonous scorpion on the set. When she was about to join Hugh in the bag, she noticed a poisonous scorpion crawling up his leg. She calmly told him not to move, squatted down, scooped the arachnid into her hat, walked over to the woods, and released it. Everyone applauded, then asked why she hadn't just stomped on it. She replied, 'I would never kill an animal. Every creature here has its purpose. This one just didn't belong in Hugh's bag!"
Over 1,500 wild horses were used for this movie. Four different horses played the Drover's horse.
Nicole Kidman prepared for her role by touring the country with her family, riding horses, and even castrating bulls.
Filming began in spring 2007 and went on for nine hard months. Baz Luhrmann constantly re-shot scenes until he got things just the way he wanted. The project went well over budget, causing several scheduling problems. Australia itself was not very cooperative. Filming was delayed for days because of bad weather or poor lighting. The largest and most expensive set was completely flooded when huge rain showers hit a part of the country that rarely gets rain. Luhrmann was forced to secure more funding and make some compromises. Shooting of the final scenes moved from Darwin to Bowen because the local government provided 500,000 dollars to film there.
Nicole Kidman, who dislikes watching herself on screen, said of her performance: "I can't look at this movie and be proud of what I've done. It's just impossible for me to connect to it emotionally at all". However, she has expressed great enthusiasm about being part of the project, and enjoyed her co-stars' performance.
Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrmann agreed not to work together again after this film because their collaborations always collided with strong personal experiences. Luhrmann's father died on the first day of shooting Moulin Rouge! (2001). Kidman had her only successful pregnancy while making this film.
Nicole Kidman has said that shooting this film was the favorite experience of her career.
Heath Ledger was originally cast, but backed out to do Pimeduse rüütel (2008).
Nicole Kidman and David Wenham have known each other since they were fourteen years old, when they attended the same drama classes in Sydney. They also later portrayed a married couple in Lõvi (2016).
Fifteen babies were born to cast and crew during production, including Nicole Kidman's second oldest daughter.
While promoting the film, Nicole Kidman angered Aboriginal groups after she tried to play a didgeridoo on a German talk show. Traditionally, Aboriginal groups do not allow women to play the instrument. Some Aboriginal groups believe playing the instrument makes women infertile. Kidman's next child was born via surrogate.
Principal photography took nine months. Some re-shoots happened in late 2008.
Hong Kong actor and stuntman Wah Yuen's English language film debut.
Baz Luhrmann searched Australia for over a year for a young boy to play Nullah. After a series of workshops at Fox Studios Australia, Luhrmann and his team traveled to Broome and camped with Brandon Walters' family at 80 Mile Beach, Western Australia. Luhrmann decided to cast Walters during the camp-out.
Russell Crowe was attached as the lead during pre-production. He left when 20th Century Fox executives tried to stay within budget by reducing Crowe's salary.
Ray Barrett's final film.
The final scene features "Nimrod" from Edward Elgar's "Enigma" variations.
Faraway Downs was dismantled in 2011. An indigenous organization in Kimberley, Western Australia, claimed it was located on their land and requested its removal. Despite a report predicting it could attract as many as 90,000 visitors annually if restored with an Australia movie theme, Tourism Western Australia decided not to keep Faraway Downs as a tourist attraction.
The production spent several weeks in Kununurra, Western Australia, with temperatures as high as 109 degrees Fahrenheit (42.7 degrees Celsius).
The film's one hundred million dollar budget, reportedly increased to more than one hundred fifty million dollars.
Ironically, despite often being identified as an Australian, Nicole Kidman isn't a native Australian (she was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA) and neither is her character in the film. Lady Sarah Ashley is an English aristocrat.
This film's opening prologue states: "After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy steamed south, unleashing their fire on Darwin, a city in the Northern Territory of Australia. 'The Territory' was a land of crocodiles, cattle barons and warrior chiefs, where adventure and romance was a way of life. It was also a place where Aboriginal children of mixed-race were taken by force from their families and trained for service in white society. These children became known as the Stolen Generations."
When Lady Ashley travels from England to Australia, the orchestral score is an homage to Johann Sebastian Bach's "Hunting Cantata" (BWV 208), especially the aria "Sheep may safely graze." Australian composer Percy Grainger used that cantata as a source of inspiration for some of his own compositions.
Hugh Jackman and David Wenham appeared together in "Van Helsing", however in that movie, instead of being the bad guy, Wenham's character is the friar side-kick. Wenham also appeared with Nicole Kidman in "Moulin Rouge".
Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman sang as penguin couple Norma Jean and Memphis, parents of Mumble, in the 2006 animated film "Happy Feet."
WILHELM SCREAM: During the bombing of Darwin, when a resident goes flying.
The Wizard of Oz is a persistent motif throughout the film. "Oz" is an Australian nickname for Australia (from the first syllable of the continent's name).
In the scene after Sarah makes the herd to the boat, she heads for the pub that has a "no woman" policy, which was overruled. A grizzled, old drunk is leaning of the bar and makes a toast. That is actor Max Cullen, who would later play Travis the farmer in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine".
Nulla calls his dog Jedda. Jedda is a classic Australian movie from the 1950s depicting Aboriginal life in the Northern Territory. The main character is called Jedda.
Brian Brown starred in "A Town like Alice," which is about an English woman who meets an Australian soldier during WWII and returns to Australia after the war.
Brian Brown and Jack Fletcher starred together in 'Breaker Morant'.
The word "billabong" comes up often, especially regarding Lord Ashley's murder. A billabong is a small lake, especially one formed by a U-shaped bend in a river.
Several endings were filmed. An ending that featured the death of Hugh Jackman's character was screened for a test audience, but proved unpopular.
This film's epilogue states: "The Australian Government officially abandoned the Assimilation Project for Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory in 1973. In 2008, the Prime Minister of Australia offered a formal apology to the members of the Stolen Generations."