The storyteller in the movie Australia is a little boy, Nullah, who tells us that his people invented many names for the land* that white Westerners called Australia.
Nullah says that this is a land with many spirits and that his grandfather, King George, is a shaman.
Ms. Ashley, with her developed courage (Courage is an intangible value of Light), is another protagonist in the movie.
Drover, valuing his freedom (Freedom is an intangible value of Light) doesn’t want to be hired by anyone, because, as he explains to Ms. Ashley, any property or ownership of anything could one day be lost.
All the main characters are very attractive and appealing, but the true hero is Nullah’s grandfather, who is always around the boy either visibly or invisibly.
The shaman demonstrates equanimity in any circumstance – when his grandson faces real danger from mad bulls and during moments of happiness when Nullah is alive and well. The face and mind of the shaman are always calm and express the Power of Now** – during times of peace and war, whether he is alone and surrounded by nature or surrendering to police who take him to jail.
Representatives of Darks are in the movie as well. Neil Fletcher is one of them. A cold-blooded murderer, he accurately and cleverly sweeps away his traces. He is a mature spiritual entity who chose Darkness a long time ago, in his previous lives.
The church is this movie is shown as an administrative servant of the political decision (idea) – to take the metis-kids from their mothers and give them training so they can serve white people. Even the tears of aristocratic lady Ashley and her pleas that Nullah is left with her do not prevent this from happening.
A true winner in this story is King George. It is natural to see that Nullah continues his life journey with his extraordinary grandfather.
*Several given names for Australia mean that aborigines saw a complexity and “magic” in nature and their land, which is totally forgotten in some “civilized” Western countries today.
** More about the Power of Now in the book of Eckhart Tolle “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment”.