The town of Kununurra in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia hosted a sepcial outdoors screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Australia on Tuesday night (November 18).
Australia premiered in the Kimberley on Tuesday night
at the Kununurra Picture Gardens, with music and
entertainment by The Pilgrim Brothers
Held at the Kununurra Picture Gardens, the premiere was a thank you to community members who contributed to the film, including members of the local Miriuwung Gajerrong people — traditional owners of the land.
Everyone there had a story to tell, like Teddy Carlton who was born on Carlton Hill Station (the location of Lady Sarah Ashley’s Faraway Downs homestead) and Frauke Bolten-Boshammer, who had Baz Luhrmann stay in her home while filming in the Kimberley.
All 250 audience members shared a sense of pride and excitement to see their own backyard showcased to the world. They cheered and whistled every time the Kimberley came on screen, with the Cockburn Range, the Bungle Bungle Range, the King George Falls, El Questro Wilderness Park, the Pentecost River and Carlton Hill Station all having starring roles.
Local musical act, The Pilgrim Brothers from Broome, treated the crowd to pre-screening entertainment before featuring on the sound track to the film alongside Elton John.
Australia will be released in Australia and the US on November 26, then to more than 60 countries globally.
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