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Director  Henri Safran
Initial DVD release  November 8, 2005
Duration  
Country  Australia
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Family
Music director  Mike Perjanik
Writer  Ted Roberts
Language  English
Bush Christmas movie poster
Release date  1983
Initial release  December 22, 1983 (Australia)
Cast  John Ewart (Bill), John Howard (Sly), Nicole Kidman (Helen), Mark Spain (John Thompson)
Similar movies  Nicole Kidman appears in Bush Christmas and Australia

Duncan dennis in bush christmas with nicole kidman 1983


Bush Christmas (also known as Prince and the Great Race) is a 1983 Australian Christmas drama film and a remake of a 1947 film of the same name, which was based on a novel by Ralph Smart and Mary Cathcart Borer. The film marked actress Nicole Kidman's first feature film role. It was filmed on location on the Lamington Plateau, Queensland. It is also notable for music by The Bushwackers.

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Plot

In rural Australia the Thompson family struggle to keep their farm from foreclosure. The family is placing its hopes on their horse, Prince, winning the New Year's Cup and using the winnings to pay off the debt. Two struggling lowlifes Bill and Sly (John Ewart and John Howard) find out about the horse and steal it, escaping into the nearby mountain range.

With the father off droving cattle and all forms of transportation and communication made inoperable by Bill and Sly before their escape, the Thompson children Helen (Nicole Kidman) and John (Mark Spain), and their English cousin Michael (James Wingrove), saddle up their own horses and go after the crooks on their own. They are assisted by Manalpuy, a local Aboriginal who works on the farm.

Production

At one stage Howard Rubie was announced as director and he was involved in casting. However, for a time it seemed the film might not go ahead so Rubie accepted a chance to direct The Settlement instead.

The movie was shot in Queensland in Beaudesert. Funding came in part from the Australian Film Commission, the Film and TV Institute (WA) and Queensland Film Corporation.

Box office

Bush Christmas grossed $122,035 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $322,172 in 2009 dollars.

Home Media

Bush Christmas was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in December 2012. The DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as the theatrical trailer, press kit stills and the script.

References

Bush Christmas Wikipedia
Bush Christmas IMDb Bush Christmas themoviedb.org


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