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When Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) leaves England to check on the affairs of her husband's Australian cattle station, she ends up inheriting more problems than she ever dreamed of, including the welfare an aboriginal child. Although she gets some reluctant help from a working-class local (Hugh Jackman), there is nowhere to turn to when Japanese bombers attack and the country faces the dangers of World War II.
Why Is Australia Rated PG-13?
Australia is rated PG-13 for some violence, a scene of sensuality and brief strong language.
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In this epic-style film about the adventure and treachery of life in Australia’s outback, a proper English lady is forced to adjust her manners and expectations when she attempts to take charge of a cattle station. Several characters lose their lives or are murdered, and depictions of corpses, bloody injuries, bodies pierced with spears, and an on-screen shooting are seen. During an air raid, bombs are dropped resulting in deaths, explosions and property damage. Men fight and punch one another during bar brawls. Characters (adults and children) are in often in danger from threats, beatings, murderous plots, a cattle stampede, fire, lack of water and invading soldiers. Women’s underwear is thrown around on a public street. References to sexual relations are made (including the practice of white men exploiting black women), and some verbal innuendos are heard. A man and a woman kiss, then begin to undress one another and are later shown in bed (sheets are carefully positioned). An unmarried couple live together as husband and wife. The drinking alcohol and drunkenness are portrayed throughout the film and cigarette smoking is shown occasionally. Frequent mild and a few moderate profanities are used, along with a sexual expletive. Racial slurs are heard. Several animals are killed—a hunter shoots one (blood is shown), others by falling from a cliff and by poisoning. A live insect struggles while it is tied with a thread. Aboriginal people dress in traditional costumes, which expose men’s chests and buttocks.
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Based on a true story, the film Rabbit Proof Fence also makes reference to the stolen generations of aboriginal peoples in Australia. Life on an Australian cattle station is depicted in The Man From Snowy River. Just before the Japanese bombed Darwin, Australia during World War II, their air force invaded Hawaii, as dramatized in Tora! Tora! Tora!
Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Visit the land down under with the release of Twentieth Century Fox’s Australia. The DVD edition features the film in widescreen format, with audio tracks in 5.1 Dolby Surround (English, French and Spanish) and subtitles in English, French and Spanish. Bonus extras include two deleted scenes (What About the Drove and Angry Staff Serve Dinner).
The Blu-ray version of Australia is authored on a dual-layer 50 GB disc with 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (English) and 5.1 Dolby Surround (French). Subtitles are provided in English, Spanish, French, Brazilion Portuguese, Cantonese, Korean and Mandarin.Along with the aforementioned extras, this disc also offers a look behind-the-scenes and a featurette about Australia’s people and history.