Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
Written by: Baz Luhrmann, Ronald Harwood, Stuart Beattie, Richard Flanagan
Produced by: Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Knapman, G. Mac Brown
Other cast: Hugh Jackman, Brandon Walters, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown
Release date: November 26, 2008
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Running time: 2h 45min
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.
• In an interview that aired October 16, 2008, Hugh Jackman told 60 Minutes (1979) that Nicole Kidman agreed to star in the film without reading the script. According to Jackman, she told him at a Super Bowl party that she had to be in the movie. When Jackman told her he didn’t even have a script, Kidman told him to forget the script, because Baz Luhrmann was directing.
• Nicole Kidman saved Hugh Jackman from a poisonous scorpion on the set. When she was about to join Hugh in the bag, she noticed a poisonous scorpion crawling up his leg. She calmly told him not to move, squatted down, scooped the arachnid into her hat, walked over to the woods, and released it. Everyone applauded, then asked why she hadn’t just stomped on it. She replied, ‘I would never kill an animal. Every creature here has its purpose. This one just didn’t belong in Hugh’s bag!”
• Nicole Kidman prepared for her role by touring the country with her family, riding horses, and even castrating bulls.
• Nicole Kidman has said that shooting this film was the favorite experience of her career.
• Just because it is, doesn’t mean it should be.