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18 Nov 2008

Elton John New Song Is Called "The Drover"

Elton John had writing a love song for Baz Luhrmann's epic movie "Australia". On the special edition of Sydney's Time Out magazine that was edited by Sir Elton John, it featured an interview with Luhrmann. Elton asked him if he need any of his songs for Australia soundtrack and Baz replied: "Well there is a scene in the film involving a crocodile…".

This romantic drama from Baz Luhrmann ("Moulin Rouge"), which is set in pre-World War II Australia, stars Nicole Kidman as an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch, and Hugh Jackman as the cattle driver who helps protect her property from greedy English cattle barons.

With Elton in Sydney for the opening of the musical Billy Elliot, it was a perfect opportunity for the singer to discuss what he might contribute to Luhrmann's film. He and his partner David Furnish visited Luhrmann's set in Sydney and watched the film's leading lady Nicole Kidman at work in the studio, filming a ball scene set in a stunning recreation of the lush gardens of Government House in Darwin. When the couple walked onto the set, the film's band burst into Crocodile Rock in their honour.

Film Benefit gala at The Museum of Modern Art, which honored the award-winning work of director, producer, and screenwriter Baz Luhrmann, raised $948,000 for the Museum’s collection of film. The gala dinner in the Museum’s Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium featured a distinctly Australian theme in décor and menu. Elton John entertained the benefit’s guests with “Your Song” and “The Drover,” his new song from the movie Australia.

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