Fri 13, Sun 15, Wed 18 February 7.30pm
Sat 14 February 4pm
Tues 17, Thur 19 February 5.30pm
Dir. Baz Luhrmann, Aus, 2008, 160 mins.
Cast. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham.
Storytelling genius and contemporary auteur, Baz Luhrmann's Australia is an epic tale inspired by Gone With the Wind, African Queen and the westerns of Sergio Leone. In pre-WWII Australia, Lady Sarah Ashley (Kidman),an English aristocrat, inherits a large cattle ranch in the Northern Territories. She is forced to reluctantly accept help from rugged stock-man (Jackman) to drive her cattle across country to Darwin, arriving as the city is being bombed. Fiercely ambitious in scale, this historical epic sees Luhrmann use his amazing visual skills to stunning effect in what will surely become a modern classic.
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