"They don't build stuff like this any more," The Age quoted Kidman, as telling The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain. "To feel that air and see people ravaged by the elements, as hard as it is, it's exquisite," she added. Kidman, who is acting alongside Hugh Jackman in the film, plays Lady Sarah Ashley, a British aristocrat who inherits a massive outback station on the eve of World War II.
"I dreamt of making a film that had the passion and the weight of the films I grew up watching Gone with the Wind, Doctor Zhivago, when Baz and I first started speaking about this, seven years ago, I said there needed to be a film about our land that speaks on a much broader scale." Kidman said.
Luhrmann revealed that he and wife Catherine, who helped to produce the film, have turned down major movie projects so they could take their time making Australia. "There's a crushing ambition behind the film," the age quoted Luhrmann, as saying. "We don't make things very often, and when we do, we try to make something that isn't always out there, a meal that maybe isn't being served every day," he added.