The main ideas in this epic film are:
1. The transforming power of life
2. Race and gender equality
(Nullah is a “half-caste”, Sarah wears pants)
3. Being an agent of change. “Just because that’s the way it is, doesn’t mean that’s the way it should be”
For me the most fascinating character was Nullah, a “half-caste,” or a half-Aboriginal, half-Caucasian child. In the segregated society of Australia in the 1930s and 40s, interracial marriage was illegal, and the children of illicit bi-racial relationships were forbidden from living among whites or with their Indigenous families. The power of the film was that it gives full humanity to Nullah and celebrates a mixed family. I fully believe that de-humanization is the worst sin there is (Hitler comes to mind). This film is a reminder: “Just because that’s the way it is, doesn’t mean that’s the way it should be” Be a change agent. Be a drover!