Red Dog vs Australia

Topics: Australia, Indigenous Australians, Hugh Jackman Pages: 2 (776 words) Published: March 9, 2013
What is Australian identity? It is how Australians are seen someone else perspective, who is not from Australia. But this person’s perspective can also be related to a stereotypical type in films. Although “Red Dog” and “Australia” are set in the bush they still realistically portray Australian identity, even though the city life is marginalised. In both of these movies, mateship, and egalitarianism are both privileged in these films. ‘Australia’ is based on a true story about a half blood aboriginal boy who is a part of the stolen generation, whereas ‘Red Dog’ which is also based on a true story is about a red cattle dog who united a contrasting community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master. The film “Australia” is set in Northern Australia at the beginning of World War II. It is about an English aristocratic Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) known by the nickname Misses Boss throughout the movie, who travels to Australia to unite with her husband Maitland Ashley (Anton Monsted). Drover (Hugh Jackman) who is portrayed as stereotypical outback Australian male is sent by Maitland Ashley to bring Lady Ashley to the Faraway Downs cattle farm, when they arrive they are greeted by the death of Maitland Ashley. Lady Sarah Ashley becomes friends with the aboriginal half cast child living on the farm named Nulla (Brandon Walters). Nulla tells her that her administrator Neil Fletcher (David Wenham) is stealing her cattle and selling them to King Carney (Byron Brown). Lady Ashley then fires Neil, leaving only herself, Drover, Nulla and a group of loyal employees to drive the herd of cattle to the dwarf in Darwin. One such theme which is privileged in the film ‘Australia’ is mateship. Mateship is quite important to Aussies; because mates are just like your family and without them life would be dull. Mateship is shown all throughout the film with friendship that grows between Lady Sarah Ashley and Nulla. But towards the end of the movie...
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