Quentin Tarantino will travel to Australia for the premiere of his film Django Unchained despite it landing in the middle of the US awards season. The writer/director of Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds will attend the premiere of Django Unchained in Sydney on January 21.
The film, which he wrote and directed, has been nominated for five Golden Globes including best director, screenplay and motion picture - drama, and is receiving a lot of Oscar buzz.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz also got Golden Globe nods but the film also boasts a cast including Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington.
Tarantino randomly pops up as a character in his films and, in his new spaghetti western-inspired movie Django Unchained, he briefly appears as an Aussie.
Tarantino, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a lover of Australian film and, in only his madcap way, decided it would be cool to slot in a couple of Aussie characters in Django Unchained, set in America's south in 1859 - two years before the start of the US Civil War.
"Initially I wanted it to be a cool little collection of all of those cool Aussie guys from the 70s like John Jarratt and Steve Bisley," Tarantino told reporters in New York. "I thought that would be really cool."
Tarantino hired Jarratt (Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, A Country Practice and McLeod's Daughters) to be one of three Aussie miners who transport Django, a freed slave turned bounty hunter played by Oscar winner Foxx, to a brutal mine where slaves are worked until they die.
Tarantino also plays an Aussie miner. The third miner is another Tarantino favourite, American actor Michael Parks.
"The Aussies were actually indentured servants themselves," Tarantino said, explaining why they are in the film.
"The LeQuint Dickey Mining Company paid for their passage from Australia to here (US) and they had to work for three to four years to pay them back for them to be free.
"Django prods the guy and finds that out and says 'Sh.t peckerwood, you a slave too, they just bought you for a boat ride: at least they didn't charge us for the boat ride'."
Django Unchained opens on January 24.with AAP
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