Australia: A Great Love Story

A Great Love Story

Young love, lost love, first love, still seeking love; every female wants to read or watch a great love story. And, I found a great one in the movie Australia; a love story of two people with opposite backgrounds and cultures. Their hearts bruised and sad; because of former loves that died.

This movie Australia will spin your heart until its woven a memory forever; beckoning you to watch it over and over. I know I do and each time I watch it---I see something new. In the landscapes, the animals, the people and most of all I watch a love grow through all the issue of living, learning and sharing. Australia gives us a wonderful love story for all time.

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in Australia
Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in Australia

We Need More Movies Like Australia

Hello---Hollywood or whoever needs to know--- please make more movies like Australia. We need real-life movies--with stories about real people who have lived in our world.

Enough of the flying actors that none of us can relate to---although enjoyable---we still need the believable stories of life, love, romance, drama and the struggle to make life work in our world.

Like the movie with Nicole and Tom Cruise in Far and Away---it was a wonderful story of two people who help make our country great through struggle and determination to win their dream and live it.

We need more of this type of refreshing recaps of the American Life. I loved Australia the Movie.

A Great Love Story

Australia is a great love story for couples to watch together or with girlfriends. So when shopping for a great movie for yourself or as a gift---remember this one.

All the stars and the beautiful panorama of Australia will take your breath away, and you will want to watch it many times again. Each time I have watched it--- I see something different and new that I missed before---it is almost a lesson in total recall.

The lives and will power of these remarkable aboriginal people speak volumes for their struggles to live a normal life. The aboriginal people were mistreated by a few asinine aristocrats that only wanted to monetarily gain from a land that was not theirs.

In all of this is a love story---really a triangle love story with a man, a woman and a child. It touches the heart of the strongest man and makes us women cry.

I love this movie—“Australia---A Great Love Story." With Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman two great stars.


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First of My Favorite Movies

Australia is one of my favorite movies, for a lot of reasons; one it was actually filmed in Australia, the land of Chief Warriors, Land Barons, Kangaroos and Crocodiles.

It is so spaciously beautiful and alive with animals and birds indigenous to the area. Australia is a place of romance and adventure, a place if one ever visits---one will want to stay. When you watch this movie, then you will understand why, Australia is one of my all-time favorite movies.

(And sadly it was a place where the children of the "Lost Generations" were taken from their homes and placed mostly in missions. The Australian Aboriginal people were mistreated, abused and families were torn apart by white people of Australia.) (Research this on Google.)

Your eyes will feast upon its beauty, as it steals your heart away, and your spirit will soar as you watch this movie. Titillating your emotions to take you on a fast ride from the beginning to the ending. Until you are not just watching---you are there in the surrounding beauty--- part of each scene as it happens. If one could have an out-of-body experience this would be the time to do it.

It is astounding that such great casting of the actors; were perfectly matched for their parts. What is even better the movie is narrated by Nullah (Brandon Walters) who steals the movie in my opinion.


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Hugh Jackman as Drover
Hugh Jackman as Drover

Lady Sarah Ashley

It was 1939 and Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) had grown weary with her promiscuous husband, and his non-profiting cattle station, Faraway Downs. So she decided that she was going to Australia to make him sell the cattle station, and bring him home to England.

However, no one wanted her to travel from England to Northern Station as it was just unheard of then--- for a lady to travel---all alone.

Well, no one told Lady Sarah Ashley what to do --- that was for sure and certain. Her husband sent her a telegraph telling her he could not meet her; but had sent a cattle drover who’s called Drover (Hugh Jackman) to Darwin in his place to bring her to him at Faraway Downs .

Lady Ashley Arrived at Darwin
Lady Ashley Arrived at Darwin

Lady Sarah Ashley has Landed

After the seaplane landed Lady Ashley was taken by boat to the Darwin docks where her entrance into town caused a lot of attention. When Lady Ashley walked down the dock with four men in uniform walking behind carrying her luggage. She was viewed by many residents of the town, some curious and others worried by her presents.

Waiting at the end of the dock was the society of Darwin’s finest ladies who were there to greet Lady Ashley’s arrival. Among them was Mrs. Gloria Carney (Sandy Gore) and Cath Carney (Essie Davis) the Carney’s daughter.

However, Lady Ashley just walked past them in her aristocratic way brushing the group of women aside who had gathered to welcome her.

King Carney (Bryan Brown) was watching Lady Ashley’s arrival and he was concerned that she would talk her husband into staying, and be in competition of selling cattle to the Australian Army.

He had the monopoly on the cattle business, and did not want to share and that is why he wanted to buy Faraway Downs, so he would own all the land in the North Country of Australia.

He told this to Neil Fletcher and gave him a knowing look that meant “Do something about it.” Fletcher worked as Station Manager at Faraway Downs, and also did King Carney’s dirty deeds.


Lady Ashley Entering Darwin
Lady Ashley Entering Darwin

Welcome to the Fist Fight

Lady Ashley’s arrival found Drover in a free for all fist fight , and to make matters worse he grabbed a piece of her luggage to hit the other Australian whom he was fighting, and her under garments went all over the ground. She was so mortified, she could not speak.

On the way to Faraway Downs, it was instant dislike between the two, as she consider the Drover to be in the same womanizing category as her husband.

Drover picked up a very intoxicated man and he was put in the front seat with Lady Ashley, Drover and Drover’s dog. Lady Ashley kept asking the man his name ---because his answers were slurred, until Drover answered—his name is Kipling Flynn and he is your accountant.

Upon arriving at Faraway Downs, Lady Ashley learned her husband is dead. She was told he was killed by “King George” (David Gulpilil) an Aboriginal elder.


Lady Ashley Meets Nullah
Lady Ashley Meets Nullah

First Night at Faraway Downs

That night Lady Ashley met Nullah (Brandon Walters) and his mother. Nullah mesmerized Lady Ashley who did not have any children. I know he stole my heart and the movie as far as I am concerned. The first time I saw this film I wanted to adopt Nullah he was so darling, a sweet precious little boy.

Nullah’s mother was an Aboriginal woman and his father was Neil Fletcher (David Wenham) a white Australian. Also a mean and underhanded man, who was not worthy to be Nullah’s Father. Also, Fletcher was the Station Manager for Faraway Downs.

However, Nullah did not like him, because he was always trying to get rid of Nullah. He called him that bad Fletcher and he said that Fletcher wanted to send him to Mission Island to lock-lock and throw away the key, and make him into a white fellow.

Nullah told Sarah Ashley that his mother was with Fletcher on wrong side of business--lying down and tickling. Sarah’s blushed because she understood what Nullah was talking about.

Nullah pointed on the map and told Lady Ashley he had seen her “Big Fat Cheeky Bulls” when he was at BellaBong with his grandfather, being driven across the river to Carney Land. And Carney Land is owned by King Carney.

After her husband’s funeral Lady Ashley was going to sell her land and leave Faraway Downs. And she was being nudged in that direction---of selling right away by Neil Fletcher--- who was following the orders of King Carney.


Note---Nullah is a precious child who becomes the heart of the wonderful love story. I wanted to adopt him---he is that precious. The movie Australia should be on every list to watch.


Drover is Mad
Drover is Mad
Drover and Sarah Driving Cattle
Drover and Sarah Driving Cattle

Her Home

Lady Ashley’s lluggage was loaded, when she told Nullah to tell Mr. Fletcher about her cattle being driven on to Carney Land.

Boy, did Fletcher get mad he said it was not so, and whispered to Nullah that he would beat his mother.

Fletcher had told Lady Ashley that the windmill did not work so there was no water from it. But Fletcher had tampered with it to make it stop working.

Nullah broke away from the cook who was taking him to the kitchen on Fletcher’s orders---and climbed up the windmill and removed the object Fletcher put there--- and it started working, and water begins pouring out.

Fletcher ran after Nullah, and slapped him hard in the face, and Lady Ashley ran and hit Fletcher across the cheek with her riding crop and fired him.

Nullah said after that everyone on Faraway Downs called her Misses Boss.

Sarah Ashley goes to the bookkeeper, Mr. Flynn and demands the truth. It is then that Flynn informs her about the two sets of books. One to show Mr. Ashley how the station was declining and in the red—so he would sell to King Carney. And the other set was for Carney showing him all the assets and profits of the cattle station . They were just finishing their drinks when the ground quaked and Sarah Ashley looked outside to see the Drover had returned with his horses.

When Drover wanted to know where are all the bloody stock man? And then he is mad about her firing Fletcher, until she explains that he was stealing her cattle.

After hearing Sarah Ashley’s explanation and she promised Drover her horse if he would drive the cattle to Darwin to the ship. This gift of the horse to breed with his horses was too good not to take it. He trained everyone at the station how to be a stock person and how to drive cattle.


Grandfather "King George"
Grandfather "King George"

The Rest of the Story is Yours to Seek

And now the rest of the story takes you on an adventure you will not soon forget , and you will see love grows on the cattle drive. A cattle drive like no other ever known before, as 2000 bulls, cows and calves are driven across the Never-Never to Darwin to sell to the Australian Army. And how King George helps them get there by his magic, or they would have all perished on the Never-Never desert.

Will Sarah Ashley and the Drover fall in love?

Will Sarah Ashley beat King Carney to the ship with her cattle?

Will Sarah Ashley adopt Nullah?

Will Nullah see the Wizard of Oz?

Will Sarah Ashley, Dover and Nullah survive the Japanese attack on Darwin after they bombed Pearl Harbor?

Will the three ever be together again?

I can only tell you how great this movie is--- you will need to see it to believe my opinion. Because I have watched it so often since it was made—of course I had to buy the DVD, so I can watch it when ever I want. I always see something new every time I watch it; there is so much to see. I love my movie Australia


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Nullah's Poem


Nullah’s Poem

I dedicate this poem to a little boy who in real life is just as precious as the part he played.


I, Nullah

I am not black man, I am not white man,

I born on this land.


Them white fellows call this land Australia, they named this place,

They call me mix-blood “Creamy” and outcast and I belong to no race.


Grandfather “King George” takea me on walkabout,

He teach me black fella way, quietly no shout.


That day I gotum at BillaBong to catch me a fish,

I used my spear and made a wish.


I saw white fellas taking the “Big Cheeky Bulls” across the river,

I knew that bad Fletcher had made a deliver.


First time I saw Misses Boss, she was the strangest lady I ever saw,

But she strong and King George said she was good for us all.


Misses Boss fired “Bad Fletcher” after he slapum me,

She hit him too for all to see.


Drover and Misses Boss do the Fox Dance,

She teacher me “Rainbow Song” and tellum me

Wizard story, and how they prance.


Misses Boss loves me, and Drover

And I love Misses Boss, it never be over.


I live with them on Faraway Downs, it is pretty and now clean,

Grandfather visits after he takeum me walkabout, I taller now and

lean.


No Mission Island for me, I belong to Misses Boss and Drover,

My bad Fletcher days are over.

I, Nullah.


You can leave Nullah—Brandon Walters a message on his Face Book telling him how much you enjoyed the movie.Under his real name Brandon Walters.


I hope you have enjoy the review of the movie Australia---it is one of my favorite movies. And, Australia is a great love story.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Bobbi, You have written a wonderful review which makes me want to watch this movie! I've never seen it. I want to travel to Australia. I like Nicole Kidman (I like her husband more), I adore Hugh Jackman. Thank you for the review. I will keep you posted when I finally get to watch it:)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I have watched this film twice already, and can't get enough of it. I absolutely loved it! that little boy was so cute! he made the film. I wasn't so sure about Nicole though, I think she over acted a bit at the beginning of the film, it did tend to spoil it for me, but she did get better as the film went on. Not trying to do a 'spoiler alert' but the bit with the elder aborigine standing outside as the planes came across and started to attack really moved me. it was like the ancient meeting the modern, and was so very visual it was amazing. great hub review, and brilliant film, well worth watching, rated up! nell


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Sunshine,

You will love it---it get better when the heat rises between the two of them.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Nell Rose,

Yes, when King George stood in the open, I just knew he would get shot. He was good in this movie, very real, almost not acting.

Thanks,

Bobbi


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Bobbi, I agree that this is a fantastic movie. The landscape alone is breath-taking and reason to see the film. Add in great actors and you are set! You describe the plot well.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Christy,

I just love this movie and tonight I am going to try to watch it from the beginning to the end.

I just love Nullah---and I feel for the children who were treated so terrible during that period. I wish I had been there to help in some way.

Children and animals are two great loves of mine, as I am sure they are to most of the kind people in the world.

Thanks,

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi


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Brandym2012 4 years ago from PA

I have not watched the movie yet. However, after exploring your hub I am definitely going to put that on the top of my list, for the next movie I watch. Wonderful review!


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you for the comment---and you will love this movie. I was going to watch it again tonight--but I had to fix dinner for company.

Thanks Bobbi


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great review Bobbi and thank you for sharing with us.

Take care my friend and I wish you a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Eddy,

You too my friend. You are a lucky woman to have children and grandchildren. God has blessed a great lady.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Bobbi, good review with some great photos. I saw this a couple of years ago and I was just blown away - it is a real epic and deserves all of the praise it has received.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Jools99,

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my hub. I appreciate it. And yes, this was a great movie.

Thanks,

Bobbi


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molometer 4 years ago

Australia is a great movie. It is shocking how those Aboriginals were treated.

It wasn't that long ago either. Hopefully we have learned to treat indigenous people better these days.

Great review of an excellent movie.

All the votes.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi,

Thanks for the visit and your kind words. I do pray that people will learn to be kind to others. Our American history proves how mean people can be to others---how anyone can hurt someone is beyond my scope of human thinking.

Have a great day.

Bobbi


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Bobbi - I just love this movie too! It has everything one could imagine to create a wondeful movie. I have it on DVD so I can watch it again and again.

Your review of it is outstanding! Thank you!

Also thank you for following me & a lovely fan message.


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

I am glad you love Australia as much as I do. I have my DVD so I can watch it as many times as I like. I just love Nula---I would love to have a little boy like him with such an Angel heart.

Have a great Sunday.

Bobbi


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

That precious little boy practically carried the movie singlehandedly. I just fell in love with him - those eyes! But of course, every character was outstanding, too and the story just grabs one from beginning to end!


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Yes---it is onr of my favorite movies and I am going to watch it again tomorrow night. I read where Nicole Kidman made arrangements for his college fund. I think she fell in love too.

Bobbi


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Aw! That 's just lovely! Thank you for passing it along!

I hear him calling her "Mrs. Boss" so clearly!


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

Have a great Thurday in Texas.

Bobbi


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Thanks - will do! We're having some much needed rain, but along with the lowest high temperature for this day in the history of weather records! I'm back into my sweats and fur-lined boots, but it's only for a couple of days, till another round of it next week! Ah. Texas!


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PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida Author

It is stormy in Florida tonight.

I am going to watch a good movie.

Bobbi


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FatBoyThin 17 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

If I hadn't seen this movie, your review would have me rushing out to buy it, however, I have seen it and while I love the amazing scenery of Australia, the actors (who are all just brilliant) and especially the director Baz Luhrmann), I really think the movie is flawed. It feels like it's in two parts - two very different parts - and doesn't really come over as a complete movie. Which is a shame because Luhrmann is one of the most talented directors around and this is his only movie that I have problems with. Anyway, rant over, great Hub. Voted up.


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PurvisBobbi44 17 months ago from Florida Author

Hi FatBoyThin,

I loved the movie and I did not see it the way you did, but you are more experienced in the field in acting and directing. I am just a movie lover.

Thanks for the visit and have a great week.

Bobbi Purvis


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FatBoyThin 17 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

Hi Bobbi, no, not at all - it's just a matter of opinion - if we all loved the same things, the world would be a pretty boring place!


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PurvisBobbi44 17 months ago from Florida Author

Hi GatBoyThin,

Yes it would indeed.

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