The People of Kununurra were disappointed by an apparent snub from the film’s producers to screen the premiere of the new movie Australia in locations where the movie was filmed – Sydney, Darwin and Bowen in Queensland, but not Kununurra, which plays a prominent part in the movie.
But Twentieth Century Fox Film Distributors announced they would hold a special Kununurra invite-only screening of the film in their own open air cinema. It’s the wet season now in Kununurra and the only cinema available was an outdoor one.
People from the town and surrounding areas who played a part in making the film were invited to the screening, as well as local Aboriginal elders and traditional owners of the land. They were among the first people in the world to see the film.
Back in Sydney, Nicole braves the rain on the red carpet.
It seems that an unknown 12 year old boy from Broome, Brandon Walters has stolen the show. He received an enthusiastic welcome and loud applause at a news conference yesterday. When approached about the part, he had never heard of Nicole Kidman. He plays Nullah, a half caste boy living on the cattle property Faraway Downs and was picked from a pool of 1000 boys.
Brandon's mother, Janie Wright, told reporters the family was not worried about his future. "If it does become a problem for him, we'll just go out bush, get away from it all. Now he's at school, he's happy and never stops talking. The film made him confident. He's no longer shy."