Parents' Guide to

Faraway Downs

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lurhmann's new take on 2008 movie has racism, drinking.

TV Hulu Drama 2023
Faraway Downs TV show poster: Australian outback golden sunset with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman

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Sweeping, dramatic, and a tad predictable, this Baz Luhrmann vehicle scoops the viewer into a whirlwind epic that zeroes in on racism inherent in Australian culture. Faraway Downs is part love story, part historical drama, with a drizzle of peripheral mysticism. It's as though the shaman known as King George (played by the excellent David Gulpilil) pulls the strings from behind a transcendent curtain. He doesn't need to say a word; his watchful presence atop a mesa, or in a jail cell, mesmerizes. Young actor Brandon Walters has a maestro's range as well. There are gems in this tapestry.

Jackman and Kidman know that their roles in this tribute border on patriotic. Though they're not given much beyond their stereotypes to play with, they do manage to grab poignant moments. Fans of epic dramas will appreciate this movie-turned-series the most.

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