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Baz Luhrmann is very exigent in his demand for factual research, so we needed to be clear and accurate about a lot of unusual details from the history of this particular period. We researched everything: the appropriate 1930s breed of cattle, the shorthorn, what the cattle was worth and how the prices rose during the war years. We learned how much a drover would get paid, how many stockmen and horses he would need to deliver the cattle and what a particular station's brand looked like.
January 7, 2009