Theatrical Release: November 26, 2008


A romantic action-adventure set in northern Australia prior to World War II, AUSTRALIA centers on an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Jackman) to drive 2000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country’s most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. With his new film, Luhrmann is painting on a vast canvas, creating a cinematic experience that brings together romance, drama, adventure and spectacle.

Dove Review

Wow, does this movie have something for everyone! It has cattle rustling, murder, romance, adventure, war scenes and even a little comedy all wrapped into one movie. It was a different time in Australia (World War 11) compared to how the world looks at that country now.

When Lady Sarah Ashley leaves her lovely England to retrieve her husband from that land down under, she is in for some surprises. She has to take over the duties of running the ranch that she planed on selling. As the Australian country brings her awareness of the dangers of the land, it is apparent that it is not just the land she has to fight for.

Although this is an amazing movie with a fascinating story, due to content listed below the film is outside of the Dove guidelines for family viewing, and cannot be awarded our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Sexual innuendos; sexual gestures; discussion regarding having sex (having wrong side business); a couple kiss; assumed sex between man and another woman that works on the ranch; unmarried couple shown in bedroom scene.
Language: Australian slang words; F-1; H-3; D-1; B-1; OMG-1; JC-1; Poppycock-2
Violence: Dead man falls in water; men in bar get into fist fight; man shoots kangaroo; man threatens woman; man beats on young boy; woman hits man with whip; woman drowns; cow stampede; cow goes over cliff; man gets trampled; man's trampled body shown; man is killed by crocodiles; war scenes of plane bombing; man shoot by Japanese soldiers; dead bodies on ground; man killed by spear.
Drugs: Smoking; bar scene; drunken men; group of people drink.
Nudity: Men without shirts; couple undressing each other; woman in bath tub; Aborigine man rear nudity.
Other: Aborigine culture of magic; racial segregation; man lies and cheats.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Baz Luhrmann and Stuart Beattie
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Producer: G. Mac Brown
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 155 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe