Australia looks surprisingly placid for a Luhrmann film -- the camera seems to stay still for entire seconds at a time, and the outdoor settings don't (always) look like freakish circus versions of themselves. Weird. Has Luhrmann made a normal, Academy-friendly prestige period piece? Maybe it wouldn't be the worst thing: I loved Moulin Rouge! the first time I saw it, but found myself irritated by its resemblance to a hyperactive puppy when I saw it again on DVD. I wouldn't begrudge the man his style, but nor would I object to him drinking some decaf.
Meanwhile, those Australia "Set to Screen" podcasts are still coming out every couple of weeks over on iTunes. (Here's their home base.) There, you can hear about the movie's production straight from the crazy Aussie and his underlings.