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Twelve American and British tourists go on a ten day guided tour of Australia at the height of the Bicentennial celebrations and are swept along in the tide of australia’s 200th birthday.The tourists provide an enthusiasitc but captive audience to vignettes presenting the richness of Asutralian culture – the sheep stations, the War Memorial, koala spotting, the vegemite song – all delivered with aggressive hospitality by their Australian tour guides. In Central Australia the tourists visit a traditional Aborignal “camp” and it is here that the careful stage management fails. This is not what the tourist’s expected. Behind this version of “the noble savage” they see only sadness and injustice.