Their new movie epic Australia will lure visitors, the country's officials hope

By People Staff
June 17, 2008 03:15 PM

Just as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has sent American tourists flocking to the Peruvian jungle – well, maybe not – so are hopes flying that the upcoming Nicole KidmanHugh Jackman movie epic Australia will lure tourists Down Under once it is released this November.

“This movie will potentially be seen by tens of millions of people, and it will bring to life little-known aspects of Australia’s extraordinary natural environment, history, and indigenous culture,” says the country’s Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson – joining those who foresee a new jumpstart to an Australian tourism that has stagnated since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the Associated Press reports.

Such movie magic has happened before: witness Crocodile Dundee, in 1986.

Reuniting Kidman with her 2001 Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann, the $122-million Australia is described as a sweeping story about an English aristocrat (Kidman) who before the start of WWII inherits a sprawling property and falls in love with a rugged cattle drover (Jackman).
Stephen M. Silverman