Nicole Kidman says starring in Baz Luhrmann’s epic new movie Australia has been a dream come true.
With the Australian director putting the finishing touches to the film ahead of its November release, Kidman has described the much anticipated movie as ‘the last of a dying breed’.
‘They don’t build stuff like this any more,’ The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain quoted Kidman as saying.
‘To feel that air and see people ravaged by the elements, as hard as it is, it’s exquisite.
‘I dreamt of making a film that had the passion and the weight of the films I grew up watching – Gone with the Wind, Doctor Zhivago.
‘When Baz and I first started speaking about this, seven years ago, I said there needed to be a film about our land that speaks on a much broader scale.’
Starring alongside Hugh Jackman in the film, Kidman plays Lady Sarah Ashley, a British aristocrat who inherits a massive outback station on the eve of World War II.
Luhrmann said audiences could expect a mix of comedy and tragedy from his fourth film in 16 years.
‘There’s a crushing ambition behind the film,’ the newspaper quoted him as saying.
‘We don’t make things very often, and when we do, we try to make something that isn’t always out there, a meal that maybe isn’t being served every day.
‘Some of my favourite films are sushi, rarefied treats, but this sort of event cinema is like a Sunday meal – it’s got a starter and a main course and a dessert.
‘It’s high comedy, high tragedy, tears, laughter, costumes. Everything big. Big actors. Big landscape.’
Luhrmann also reveals that he and wife Catherine, who helped produced the film, have turned down major movie projects so they could take their time making Australia.
‘The list is very long where people have knocked on the door and said: ‘I’ll give you the income of a small country, would you do this?’ Luhrmann is quoted as saying.
‘Sometimes I think: ‘That would be fantastic… James Bond, that could be fun’.
‘We’d be a whole lot wealthier, that’s for sure.
‘But when we make something, I say: ‘What can we do that is truly reflective of an interest we have?