Anyway, Peter makes the point that a movie with such a grandiose title sets itself up as being more than a love story – a re-visitation of Gone With the Wind as it appears to me. It asserts that the film will define or encapsulate something uniquely Australian.
Maybe a lot of people don’t feel that “real life” is the appropriate basis for a historical romance; that events must be added to or deleted from the historical record. Certainly Baz Luhrmann must be one of these, as he seems to have felt the need to trivialise the history of places and people in order to create what he sees as a better fiction.
The difference between Rabbit Proof Fence and Australia is huge, and I know which movie contains more of the heart and soul of Australia, the country. The other is simply an attempt to dress up the country as part of that fictionalised American West, with a slightly more exotic (for its desired audience) accent and landscape.