Nicole And Hugh Were Great...but The Kimberley Stole The Show

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      19 November 2008

Nicole and Hugh were great...but the Kimberley stole the show

Under a blanket of Kimberley stars last night, Tuesday 18 November, the Kununurra

community watched their home star alongside some of Australia’s biggest names, at

the world premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s epic Australia.

Held at the Kununurra Picture Gardens, in the east Kimberley region of Western

Australia, the premiere was a thank you to the community members who contributed

to the film, including more than 100 members of the local Miriuwung Gajerrong

people, the 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 whilst filming in the


All 250 audience members shared a sense of pride and excitement to see their own

backyard showcased to the world in such a beautiful way, capturing the magic of the

Kimberley that they know so well.

The crowd 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 (the location of Lady

Sarah Ashley’s Faraway Downs Homestead) all having starring roles.

Kimberley local, eleven year old Brandon Walters, was outstanding in his role as

Nullah – a local Indigenous boy who is central to the storyline of Australia.

Local musical act, The Pigrim Brothers from Broome, treated the crowd to some

fantastic pre-screening entertainment before featuring on the sound track to the film

alongside music master Elton John.

Australia will be released in Australia and the US on November 26, then to more than

60 countries globally.

To find out more about Australia the movie or the Kimberley as a holiday destination


Sarah Monahan

Tourism Western Australia

Media & PR Executive


M: 0423 881 272 or 0488 915 080

Michelle Kosonen

Tourism Western Australia

Media & PR Manager


M: 0434 180 828

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