Australia offers varied landscapes from beach to mountains and from arid to lush. The different Australian environments gives those producing movies a great many choices for shooting scenes required by the movie scripts.
The movie thriller”Dead Calm”, staring well known actors Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill and Billy Zane, used the Australian Great Barrier Reef and Hamilton Island for locations for scenes from this movie directed by Phillip Noyce. The highest grossing foreign film shown in the United States of America was the film most have either seen or heard of–”Crocodile Dundee”. This film made history with the money earned due to the popularity of the film both in Australia itself and around the word.
With the rich Australian backgrounds available in the three major regions of the country from the Eastern Highlands and the Western Plateau to the Great Artesian Basin, movie producers can search the country for just the right location to shoot their movie scenes to add to the richness and depth of the film.
The director of “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” took advantage of the varied Australian environments by filming the movie in several locations. The director captured the opulence of Sydney’s Imperial Hotel, as well as the more rugged country found in the Northern Territory’s Kings Canyon and South Australia’s Coober Pedy.
Australia’s many areas devoid of commercial development provide directors prime locations for historically-based movies such as director Gillian Armstrongs film set in a colonial time period, “My Brilliant Career”. In her adaptation of the novel by Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda, Armstrong chose to shoot scenes along the Mann, Bellingen and Clarence rivers. In using the environment to reveal plot, the rich Australian setting itself becomes a vital part, almost another character, of the movie.
Australia offers locations suitable for any style of movie from comedy to tragedy, from horror to war, from romance to drama and more. An American writer of travelogues finds himself fighting an intelligent 25-foot crocodile in the horror film, “Rogue”, from director Greg McLean. The movie takes place in Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park, the rugged territory adding a new level of hopelessness and horror to the plot.
The land owned by the indigenous people of the Australia, the Aborigines, is the wild and rugged Arnhem Land. Against this backdrop, Ten Canoes and Yolngu Boy share their stories capturing the cultural depth of their people.