November 26th 2008
  • Historical/Romance,
  • PG-13,
  • 163 min,
  • 20th Century Fox
  • Cast: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham, Bruce Spence, Bryan Brown, Jacek Koman, Jack Thompson, John Jarratt, Bill Hunter, Essie Davis, Ben Mendelsohn, David Gulpilil, Barry Otto, Ray Barrett, Wah Yuen, Matthew Whittet, Kerry Walker, Jamie Gulpilil
  • Director: Baz Luhrmann
  • Writers: Baz Luhrmann, Stuart Beattie, Richard Flanagan, Ronald Harwood
  • Producers: Catherine Knapman, G. Mac Brown, Baz Luhrmann
  • Co Producer: Catherine Martin
  • Associate Producer: Paul Watters
  • Art Direction: Karen Murphy
  • Castings: Nikki Barrett, Ronna Kress
  • Costume Design: Catherine Martin
  • D.O.P.: Mandy Walker
  • Editors: Dody Dorn, Michael McCusker
  • Music: David Hirschfelder
  • Production Design: Catherine Martin


"Australia" is an epic and romantic action adventure, set in that country on the explosive brink of World War II. In it, an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) travels to the faraway continent, where she meets a rough-hewn local (Hugh 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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Bowen, Australia; Camden, Australia; Darwin, Australia;
  • MPAA Warning: Some violence, a scene of sensuality, and brief strong language
  • Production Budget: $130 million
  • Production Companies: Bazmark Films, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
  • Production Schedule: 30th April 2007- 19th December 2007

Featured Articles


- Russell Crowe was attached as the lead during pre-production. 20th Century Fox executives wanted to reduce Crowe's salary considerably, in order to appease the film's budget. This decision compelled him to ultimately leave the project.

- Heath Ledger was then set to star in this film, but dropped out to play The Joker in The Dark Knight. Luhrmann ultimately set actor Hugh Jackman for the role.

- Two other titles that he considered for the film were Great Southern Land and Faraway Downs.

- In October 2007, it was also revealed that the set of Faraway Downs had been reconstructed within the studios, presumably for interior footage within the homestead.

- Strickland House is a heritage listed property located in Vaucluse, near Sydney. Strickland House doubled as Darwin's Government House in the film.

- In December 2006, Bowen was chosen as a filming location for a third of the production, portraying the look of Darwin.

- In April 2007, Kununurra was chosen as another location for Australia, this time to serve as Faraway Downs, the homestead owned by Kidman's character.

- On August 11th 2008, eight months after filming wrapped, several members of the cast and crew were back at Fox Studios, Sydney, to film pick up shots.

Trailers & Clips

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 26 November 2008: Australia
  • 11 December 2008: Hungary, UK
  • 17 December 2008: Belgium
  • 18 December 2008: Netherlands
  • 24 December 2008: Egypt, France
  • 25 December 2008: Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden
  • 26 December 2008: Estonia, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway, Spain
  • 1 January 2009: Argentina, Russia
  • 16 January 2009: Italy
  • 2 February 2009: Japan