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Baz Lurhman's 澳大利亚

Posted by miantiao February 6, 2009 in the Group General Discussion .

I really don't know what to make of this movie. For those that have read ‘Poor Fellow My Country' by Xavier Herbert 1977 (a must read for Australian's in my view) will see where Baz got his idea from. The issues raised in the novel were barely canvassed in the movie, understandable given that bums on seats is all important.

The novel is an epic, 1500 pages, but is in fact an accurate historical narrative and critique of Australia in the first half of the 20th century. Herbert delivered a nice right hook to a mostly ignorant public.  No mention in the movie of the appalling behaviour, panic, and cowardice on display after the Darwin bombings, perhaps because Australians wouldn't be able to stomach the truth, yet.



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