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From The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert to Crocodile Dundee, some of Australia's most famous movies have been filmed in the Northern Territory. Here are seven locations in the NT where you can bring your favourite classics to life.
Cinematically breathtaking, Tracks follows the true story of Robyn Davidson, the young woman who set off alone from Alice Springs in the late '70s to make the 2,700km journey across the Australian outback to the Indian Ocean. Accompanied only by four camels and her trusty dog, Davidson (played by the spectacular Mia Wasikowska), she is pushed to her emotional, mental, and physical limits in her search for solace. You can follow in Davidson’s steps with a camel ride through the Red Centre.
One of Luhrmann’s great character pieces, the film is led by our very own Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman and explores life in northern Australia just before World War II. Jackman and Kidman form an initially reluctant alliance as they protect her property and experience the single largest attack on Australian soil at the bombing of Darwin, which you can witness for yourself at Darwin’s Bombing Darwin virtual reality experience.
Set in Arnhem Land before Western contact, 10 Canoes explores themes of adultery, loyalty and tribe dynamics. The first ever movie entirely filmed in Australian Aboriginal languages, the film links the past and present by using a story within a story told by an elder Aboriginal man to his younger brother (played by Jamie Gulpilil) on a hunting trip.
One of Australia’s most loved films, Priscilla touched all our hearts with the story of two drag queens and a transsexual travelling across the desert in an old tour bus to perform their unique style of cabaret in Alice Springs. Through classic Australian humour and standout performances by Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, the film received international acclaim for introducing LGBT themes to mainstream audiences.
Crocodile Dundee was initially made as a deliberate attempt to appeal to a mainstream US audience, but proved to be an accidental worldwide phenomenon when weathered crocodile hunter Mick Dundee (Paul Hogan) won hearts with his dry humour and outback idiosyncrasies. The story follows Dundee’s belly-laugh inducing visit to New York City after saving a NY journalist from a crocodile attack.
When Broken Hill cab driver Rex, played by Aussie veteran actor Michael Caton, is diagnosed with stomach cancer with not much time to live, he takes his destiny upon himself. Packing up his life to reach a euthanasia clinic in Darwin, we follow his physical journey through the heart of Australia and his emotional journey as he reevaluates his life.
Seen as a crucially influential film in the development of Australian cinema, Jedda was the first Australian feature film to be shot in colour and the first to star two Aboriginal actors, Robert Tudawali and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, in leading roles. With the rugged setting of the Outback as the backdrop, Jedda provides an honest glimpse into the heart and history of colonial Australia where a young Aboriginal girl raised by a white family must navigate two cultures.
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