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Luhrmann epic to start filming in March

The filming of an outback Australian epic showcasing the landscape of the Kimberley is set to begin in March, weather permitting.

Director Baz Luhrmann is currently on a fact-finding trip to the East Kimberley as part of the pre-production for the as yet untitled movie.

The film, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, tells the story of an English aristocrat who inherits an Australian cattle station.

Luhrmann says he is still weighing up how much of the production will be shot in the Kimberley.

"I want the audience to really feel that they are in this magnificent landscape that we have," he said.

"So to do that, I've been quietly coming and going all over Australia but particularly up here in the north-west, particularly in the Kimberley and living here with my team, feeling what it's like and getting to know the people, finding the story and the best way to tell it."

Luhrmann also says he is searching for an actor to play one of the central characters - an Aboriginal boy aged between eight and 10.

"Right at the moment, that's my biggest focus, we are looking all over Australia for this young Indigenous actor," he said.

"We've seen some great boys so far so we've got great possibilities.

"In the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be doing some special workshops to try and find this young actor."




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