By Arnab Mukherjee(23 Dec 2008)
The movie is a romantic action-adventure epic set in northern Australia prior to World War II. AUSTRALIA centers on an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Belgium. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle drover (Jackman) to drive 2000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to face the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese forces that 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.