we looked at work for Tourism Australia that was produced by Baz Luhrmann, who just happens to be gearing up for his newest movie, an epic love story called "Australia" starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. The Australian filmmaker, known for "Romeo + Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge!" teamed up with Australia's tourism board to conceive the spots, which also feature an Aboriginal actor who's in the movie. With both the place and a character in common with the film, we wanted to know how well this campaign sells content and commerce simultaneously. Do these spots make you want to pack off to Australia? How 'bout the movies?
While Rate the Adsters liked the campaign, most—other than the proud Aussie, that is—just couldn't swallow all the magical desert dust. Commenter "AndrewR" says, "I think the insight (need for revival & escape) is interesting, and the truism about the brand (incredibly grand nature & escape) is spot on....What bothers me though is the dark, moody and seemingly one-trick gravitas of it - and the seemingly narrow target audience this will appeal to. To be truly effective it'll need a number of different moods and executions to provide a bigger story and emotional connection with the 'brand' of Australia. I only hope Tourism Australia has deep pockets, because Baz ain't cheap!"
"Grafbob" points to how Tourism Australia might be a wee out of touch with the global economic climate: "I tend to be an American workaholic. The spot did rekindle my memories of discovering the Cascade Mountains nearby. Being mostly broke these days, Australia seems like Mars. ...Given the current economic situation, I feel that it might be a long time before I would be able to get down under."
And, one last word from a native: "maxys" says, "As a totally biased Aussie, I LOVE IT!!! A big step from the "Shrimp on the Bar be."