The good:. The film really captures the essence of the outback - the seasons - the wet and the dry, the vastness and remoteness of the landscape.
. It is a fantastic history lesson, particularly for Australian school children. I am sure it won't be long before it is on our school curriculum. This year Sofie studied Strictly Ballroom - Baz's first film and also learnt in history about the "stolen generation". This film covers the Aboriginal culture in a very positive way. It also teaches us of the tragedy of the injustice done to them. I know my generation were not brought up to respect the Aboriginal culture but the schools now teach our children of their culture, the injustices done and to pay respect to them as the original owners of the land.
. The history lesson also covers the impact of the Japanese bombing of Darwin in 1941.
. The costumes that Nicole gets to wear! This outfit I think is my favourite:
Here is a close up of the details of the cream and navy.
Princess Poochie has done a post about the shoes. I did notice the shoes in the movie but alas no close ups!
. It was a good yarn! Almost a "western" with the droving, the goodies and the baddies and the taming of brumbies. Baz starts this film in a very comical/farcical way similar to Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom but then settles down into his story. Lots of fun with men fighting and general silliness. Also some shocking bits.......remember the kangaroo scene? Not sure to laugh or cry!
. Another fun thing was seeing all our great Aussie actors - Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson, Ben Mendlesohn, David Wenhan (he is so good you really hate him)...and lots more. It is a bit like spot the actor.
. We thought Nicole was perfect for the part.
. This film is just so Aussie!
. This film is just so Aussie! (lol) Crikey!