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3. The director’s intentions

As an Australian filmmaker, I am using
my country as a canvas on which to
create a metaphor for ‘the faraway’.
It is an exotic place at the end of the
world where you can be transformed
by experience and ultimately by love.
– Baz Luhrmann, director of Australia

and consider whether the film suc-
ceeds in showing us the trans-
formative power of ‘experience’
and ‘love’.

4. Looking globally

Australians watch American, Asian
and European films but who watches
Australian films?

enjoyed by non-Australian audi-
ences?

would have appeal to audiences
outside Australia?

of what happens to Nullah and the
other Indigenous characters?

sweeping but troubled and unlikely
love story between characters
played by actors with a strong
international profile?

5. Soundtrack

score as you watched the film?

score for creating and/or establish-
ing moods?

the soundtrack that are integral
to the story, e.g. the Boomerang
harmonica that Nullah plays, the
pounding hooves of the cattle, the
bombing?

6. Reviews, reviewing and
awards

Australia, outlin-
ing the film’s strengths and any
weaknesses, commenting on
acting performances and providing

AUSTRALIA
IS SHOWING

in
CINEMAS
NATIONALLY

from

26
NOVEMBER

2008

Film Review Competition
★★★★★
20th Century Fox and ATOM would like you and your students to get
involved with Baz Luhrmann’s newest cinematic spectacular, Australia. We
are running a Film Review Competition where your students can enter a
‘film review’ (no more than 1000 words). !ere are some terrific prizes to
be won, not only for the students, but also for your school!

.!e prizes for the best film reviews are:.

5 x Apple iPod Touch valued at $329.00 each
ALSO the best student film review overall from the 5 student

winners, will win a $5,000 computer package for their school!
Entries can be received from 26 November 2008 until 2 April 2009. Entries will only
be accepted by email to <[email protected]>. !e heading, ‘AUSTRALIA FILM
REVIEW’ is to be placed in the subject header. Winners will be notified by email or
telephone & also published on the Metro magazine website.

SCHOOL GROUP BOOKINGS:

If you are interested in taking your school or class to see
Australia, please contact your local cinema for more de-
tails. Highly discounted rates are available & teachers go
along free of charge (at participating cinemas). Contact
your local cinema and book a screening today!

GREATER UNION / BCC CINEMAS:

WEB http://www.greaterunion.com.au
EMAIL [email protected]
PH (02) 9373 6581

HOYTS CINEMAS:

WEB http://www.hoyts.ninemsn.com.au
EMAIL [email protected]

VILLAGE CINEMAS:

WEB http://www.villagecinemas.com.au
EMAIL [email protected]

READING CINEMAS:

WEB http://www.readingcinemas.com.au

Baz Luhrmann’s Australia is an epic adventure set in the
North of Australia in the late 1930s and 1940s. !e story
brings together people from many backgrounds and
walks of life, from the English aristocracy to the rough-
hewn outback drovers and the Indigenous people of Australia. !ere is a
transforming journey, romance, war, greed, mistreatment, heroism, tragedy and
triumph. !e story traverses some of the most beautiful and inhospitable country
in the remote north of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

With his new film, Luhrmann is painting on a vast canvas, creating a cinematic
experience that brings together romance, drama, adventure and spectacle.

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