Film: "AUSTRALIA"

Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman star in a romantic action

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Meet the Cast of "Australia"

Official Web Site & Movie Trailers: http://www.australiamovie.com/

Action-Adventure-Romance
Release:November 14, 2008

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Produced by: Baz Luhrmann

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown

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.

With AUSTRALIA, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, writer-director Baz Luhrmann is painting on a vast canvas, creating a cinematic experience that brings together romance, drama, adventure and spectacle.

Movie Synopsis

AUSTRALIA, from visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, is an epic and romantic action adventure, set in that country on the explosive brink of World War II. In it, an English aristocrat (Kidman) travels to the faraway continent, where she meets a rough-hewn local (Jackman) and reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to save the land she inherited. Together, they embark upon a transforming journey across hundreds of miles of the world's most beautiful yet unforgiving terrain, only to still face the bombing of the city of Darwin by the Japanese forces that attacked Pearl Harbor. With his new film, Luhrmann is painting on a vast canvas, creating a cinematic experience that brings together romance, drama, adventure and spectacle. It's an adventure as epic as the land in which its story unfolds.

Twentieth Century Fox presents "Australia," starring Academy Award®-winning actress Nicole Kidman ("Moulin Rouge!," "The Hours"), Hugh Jackman (the "X-Men" trilogy, "The Prestige"), David Wenham ("300," "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy), Bryan Brown ("Breaker Morant," "The Thorn Birds"), Jack Thompson ("Breaker Morant," "The Good German"), David Gulpilil ("Walkabout," "Crocodile Dundee"), David Ngoombujarra ("Rabbit Proof Fence," "Ned Kelly") and introducing 13 year-old newcomer Brandon Walters as Nullah.

Directed by Luhrmann ("William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet," "Strictly Ballroom") from his own original story and a script co-written with Stuart Beattie (the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy), Oscar®-winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood ("The Pianist") and acclaimed Australian novelist Richard Flanagan, AUSTRALIA is produced by Luhrmann together with G. Mac Brown ("The Departed," "Unfaithful") and Catherine Knapman ("Moulin Rouge!"). Two-time Academy Award-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin ("Moulin Rouge!," "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet") returns as Luhrmann's creative partner.

Cinematographer Mandy Walker, ACS ("Lantana") collaborates with Luhrmann on their second project following her work on the award-winning worldwide campaign for Chanel, "No. 5: The Film." Dody Dorn, A.C.E. ("Kingdom of Heaven," "Memento") and Michael McCusker ("3:10 to Yuma," "Walk the Line") join Luhrmann's team as the film's editors. The music team is headed by two-time Academy Award nominated composer David Hirschfelder ("Shine," "Elizabeth") and consists of executive music supervisor Anton Monsted ("Moulin Rouge!") and a variety of musical contributors, including Felix Meagher.

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Photo credit: James Fisher

TASMANIA: THE MOVIE BIGGER THAN AUSTRALIA

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (November 24, 2008) - Baz Luhrmann's epic movie, Australia, opens in theatres across North America this week and Tourism Tasmania will ensure Australia's Natural State has a supporting role with the launch of a viral marketing campaign, Tasmania: The Movie, after the island state was left off the map in promotion movie posters.

Even though Tasmania is a small island, it has a big story to tell. Leveraging the hype surrounding Australia, Tourism Tasmania has conceived a witty complement to the movie's advertising campaign, creating its own fictitious movie Tasmania - Bigger than Australia. The website, www.TasmaniaTheMovie.com, emulates a dedicated movie micro-site featuring teasers and trailers along with Tasmania vacation ideas echoing the themes of transformation, adventure against the island's iconic landscapes.

"Our intention was to take advantage of the excitement created by the movie with humour and cheeky Aussie wit. We also wanted to remind the world that Tasmania is still part of Australia and one of the country's most appealing tourism destinations," said Tasmania's Minister for Tourism, Michelle O'Byrne, MP.
Ranked globally, by the likes of Lonely Planet, Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveller, as one of the most desirable vacation destinations on the planet, Tasmania's purity, wilderness and culinary delights are in stark contrast to the landscapes and dusty drama of Australia.

North Americans interested in receiving a FREE Tasmania Holiday Planner to learn more about Tasmania, can e-mail [email protected] For additional information on travel to Tasmania, visit www.DiscoverTasmania.com or contact your travel planner to book your vacation.

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