Muliculturalism in “Australia”
The movie Australia starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, truly depicts racism and racial relations in many different scenes. Throughout the movie, I was surprised to see the different races portrayed in the movie itself. I was able to see the Asians (the Japanese), the Whites, and the Aborigines. This movie truly shows that Australia was a multi-cultural territory in the early 1930’s at the time of World War II.
The movie, which takes place in Australia during World War II centers on a story about a high-class English aristocrat who travels from England to Australia to meet her husband. However, instead of reuniting with her husband, she arrives to hear the shocking news that her husband, Maitland was killed shortly before her arrival. While trying to find out the truth behind her husband’s death, she befriends a young boy named Nullah. The relationship between Nullah, who is half white and half Aboriginal, and Lady Sarah, portrays one that is unique, yet special considering the fact that Nullah was what the Whites called “Creamy” (because of his mixture in race) and Lady Ashley was a high class English woman.
From the start of the movie, the racial relation between England and Australia is shown. The drover gets into a fight at the local pub and Sarah Ashley, who is dressed in formal clothing, enters the local pub and doesn’t seem to care that the Australian men are yelling and fighting until her bags are opened and revealed while the men are attacking each other. All her lingerie and expensive clothing are thrown into the air and she is automatically frozen. These men don’t seem to care that these because they probably have no idea what is worth. However, Lady Ashley who probably takes care of all her belongings like they are treasures is horrified that this can actually happen. This scene is an example of the differences in class.
Another scene that was striking to me was when “Lady” Sarah Ashley...