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SXSW Sydney kicks off next week!

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Acclaimed Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s will premiere his new series, Faraway Downs, at SXSW Sydney next week. The series is reimagined extended version of Luhrmann’s 2008 film, Australia.

Having captured over two million feet of film during principle photography almost two decades ago, Luhrmann felt inspired by the long-form story telling present in series form and has decided to revisit the cutting room to expand on the films central themes. Starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Bryan Brown, Brandon Walters, Ben Mendelsohn, David Wenham and Jack Thompson, Faraway Downs is executive produced by Luhrmann, Martin, Knapman and Schuyler Weiss. 20th Television is the studio.

“I was inspired to re-approach my film “Australia” to create “Faraway Downs” because of the way episodic storytelling has been reinvigorated by the streaming world,” said Baz Luhrmann. “With over 2 million feet of film from the original piece, my team and I were able to revisit anew the central themes of the work. I am honored to world premiere “Faraway Downs” in Australia, the place that has inspired me and my work my entire life, and with a partner like SXSW who deeply recognizes the intersection of film, television and music with storytelling.”

Colin Daniels, SXSW Sydney Managing Director, said, “We are so happy to be sharing the creative work of Baz Luhrmann and the entire “Faraway Downs” team at Australia’s first ever SXSW Sydney.”

Faraway Downs will premiere at the Darling Harbour Theatre at ICC Sydney on October 21. The series will then be made available on Hulu and Disney+ on Nov 26.


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