The omens do not bode well.
First – it’s taken 36 million years for Australia to make it to the screens (not that – you know – it’s actually on the screens yet). This suggests big, big problems in either the shooting or in post-production.
Second – it’s directed by Baz Luhrmann, this country’s most overrated film director*.
Third – it stars Nicole Kidman. The Nickster hasn’t had that flash a record of late – possibly because people take one look at that weird, blank mask her face has become and decided they’re not in the mood for a horror film.
Still, the Age is happy to puff the film, noting;
The movie will feature Nicole Kidman playing an uptight English aristocrat who is transformed by the country itself — albeit with a little help from the roguish charms of Hugh Jackman.
Oh God, nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
Fuck it Baz, why not through in a few more clichés, like the “noble savage” or an action set piece tacked on, like the Japanese bombing of Darwin.
Oh wait, you have. My apologies.
The Age says of the “visit Australia you cunts” films Baz has been shooting for Tourism Australia;
They all carry the message: "To find yourself sometimes you need to lose yourself. In Australia they call this going walkabout".
No, in Australia we call this “being a wanker”.
*Jane Campion doesn’t count, as she’s from New Zealand.