Faraway Downs | Trailer released for Baz Luhrmann’s reimagined miniseries of his film Australia

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New footage has been added to the epic story of Baz Luhrmann’s Australia to turn it into six part miniseries Faraway Downs, here’s the trailer.

The movie Australia was released to mixed reviews in 2008, with some critics calling the film overlong. The public disagreed on the whole, however, with the film making over $200 million at the box office.

Baz Luhrmann’s film told the story of Nicole Kidman’s Lady Sarah Ashley, an English aristocrat who inherits a cattle station in Australia at the start of World War Two. When it is threatened, she turns to Hugh Jackman’s rugged man of the land Drover to drive the cattle across harsh open terrain to safety.

It has now been re-edited into a miniseries called Faraway Downs, based on the name of the ranch in the film. Additional footage has been shot and an entirely new ending and soundtrack have been added.

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The synopsis reads as follows:

Faraway Downs centers on an English aristocrat, Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) who travels around the world to confront her wayward husband and sell an unusual asset:  a million-acre cattle ranch in the Australian Outback called “Faraway Downs”.  Following the death of her husband, a ruthless Australian cattle baron, King Carney (Bryan Brown), plots to take her land and she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle drover (Hugh Jackman) to protect her ranch. The sweeping adventure romance is explored through the eyes of young Nullah (Brandon Walters), a bi-racial Indigenous Australian child caught up in the government’s draconian racial policy now referred to as the “Stolen Generations.” Together the trio experiences four life-altering years, a love affair between Lady Ashley & the Drover, and the unavoidable impact of World War II on Northern Australia.

Though the screenplay for the original film is credited to Luhrmann, Stuart Beattie, Ronald Harwood and Richard Flanagan, Luhrmann alone is credited as writer and director for the series.

Faraway Downs will stream on Disney + in the UK from the 26th November.

Watch the trailer below…

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