Location/Culture Reports

Culture Report — Australia

Movies filmed in Australia include The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Babe, Babe: Pig in the City, Crocodile Dundee, Dead Calm, Independence Day, Jaws, Lost World: Jurassic Park, Mad Max, Mad Max 2, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, The Matrix, The Matrix ReloadedThe Matrix Revolutions, Moulin Rouge!, Muriel's Wedding, My Beautiful Career, Peter Pan (2003), The Portrait of a Lady, The Quiet American (2002), Scooby Doo, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, The Sum of Us and Superman Returns.

Books written about Australia include Songlines, Bruce Chatwin; In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson; English Passengers, Matthew Kneale; True History of the Kelly Gang and Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey; The Turning, New Stories, Tim Winton; The Fatal Shore, Robert Hughes; Kings in Grass Castles, Dame Mary Durack; A Fringe of Leaves, Patrick White, The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough; and A Town Like Alice and On the Beach, Nevil Shute.  Other Australian authors include Patrick White (the only Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature), David Malouf, Gerald Murnane, Brenda Walker, Greg Egan and Traci Harding.