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Australia (2008) titles

Contributed by J.R. Donaldson on Jan 22nd, 2020. Artwork published in
November 2008
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    Australia is a 2008 epic romantic historical drama film directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. The story is set between 1939 and 1942.

    The title design brings together a number of fonts that echo this period: Radiant is a stressed sans serif designed by Robert H. Middleton for Ludlow between 1938 and 1941. Famous Label (Harold’s Fonts, 2001) is inspired by a piece of pen lettering found in J.B. Russell’s Alphabets: Ancient & Modern from 1945. The upright script is similar to Glenmoy (Stephenson Blake, 1932).

    ITC Juanita (1996) is Luis Siquot’s “personal reinterpretation of some designs that originated in the 1930s and ’40s and were still popular during his childhood in the 1950s.” (U&lc Vol. 23 No. 3). It is paired with Black Tie (Scholtz Fonts, 2007), a loose reinterpretation of Bernhard Fashion (ATF, 1929).

    The movie logo itself is probably custom and not based on a font. The sans-serif letterforms with pronounced contrast and abrupt changes from thick to thin recall Art Deco types like Ultra-Modern (Ludlow, 1928) or Modernique (ATF, 1928).

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    • Radiant
    • Famous Label
    • ITC Juanita
    • Black Tie

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