My husband and I both loved this movie. It was really great to see the Australian countryside. Some areas looked barren like parts of Nevada, and others were spectacular the Grand Canyon. The film crew did a great job of capturing the mood and scope of the land which hooked us from the beginning.
The story is narrated by an Aborigine boy who is an integral part of this epic tale. He is actually of mixed race, which makes him sadly say, "I am not a white fellow or a black fellow." It is shocking to see the racism which was prevalent in pre World War II Australia as portrayed in the film.
Nicole Kidman plays the part of the Englishwoman Lady Sarah Ashley who cannot understand her husband's obsession with his cattle ranch in Australia. She travels there to convince him to sell the ranch, but when she arrives she finds he has been murdered. She becomes immediately embroiled in the several dramas surrounding the ranch and its operation: the unjust way the aboriginal people (and especially the children) are treated; the diabolical plan of a neighboring rancher to take over her land; and the impending war with the Japanese.
Hugh Jackman is the ranch hand who Sarah must depend upon for help in getting the cattle to market. An unlikely group is formed to drive the cattle across country (you'll love the scenery!) including Sarah, who is quite the equestrian from her upbringing in England.
The difficulties and triumphs encountered on the cattle drive completely change Lady Ashley's mind about Australia and the ranch, and all the other interesting story lines make for a very satisfying movie experience.
If you get a chance to see it, I highly recommend you kick back and enjoy watching Australia