World-famous travel spots in the bush — the arid central and northern areas of Australia that lack urban centers — include Uluru and Alice Springs. But before organizing a walkabout here, you may want to watch Australian cowboys blast one another’s heads off and suffer from cannibalistic massacres.
In The Proposition, photography by Benoit Delhomme makes the Outback look quite literally like the underworld: putrid, hot, dangerous, and soaked in blood. Outlaws and sheriffs alike murder each other on a quest to “civilize” a saloon town; the Aboriginal population is both the enemy and the servant of a repulsive post-colonial British presence. While the film is a period piece, set in the 19th century, and a total fiction, it may be wise to reconsider your trip to Australia this summer. Unless, of course, you’re John Locke from Lost.