One of my favourite directors of all time--> Baz.NICOLE KIDMAN and BAZ LUHRMANN, The Colonists Two films together: Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Australia (2008). “Compared with you, we are a taciturn people. But only compared with you,” wrote the Australian critic Robert Hughes, addressing us Americans in his book The Fatal Shore. The exuberant Luhrmann would have it the other way around—the Aussies are the ones who make Americans look restrained and refined.