How to Watch Faraway Downs Season 1

The Spool Staff
November 16, 2023

If you’ve seen teasers of Faraway Downs and think you’re being gaslit into thinking it’s 2008, don’t worry, you’re not crazy. The upcoming limited series from Hulu isn’t new, but rather a reimagining of Baz Luhrmann’s 15-year-old wartime epic, Australia. It still follows Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman), an Englishwoman who inherits a sprawling cattle ranch in Australia, and Drover (Hugh Jackman), the stockman who helps her defend her land from a takeover.

As the story goes, Luhrmann was rushed to finish Australia before it was ready, resulting in a film that was critically panned and mostly forgotten, but the consensus on that could change soon. Reworking existing footage and resurfacing deleted ones, Luhrmann restitched the film into a four-hour, six-part series he’s calling Faraway Downs, which is set to premiere this November 26 on Hulu.

Where to watch Faraway Downs Season 1

Faraway Downs will be available to stream on Hulu in the US (and Disney+ everywhere else) starting November 26.

For now, there are two ways to watch Faraway Downs Season 1: either on Hulu or on Hulu with Live TV.

Faraway Downs Season 1 on Hulu

“What is Hulu?” – said no one after the year 2010, but here is a refresher and a link to subscribe:

Hulu

Hulu may be on the cheaper side at just $7.99/month, but the on-demand streaming service boasts an ever-growing catalog of original series like The Handmaid’s Tale, primetime hits like Modern Family, and BBC imports like Killing Eve. It’s also where you’ll find FX’s critically acclaimed titles like Atlanta, Fargo, and Reservation Dogs. Hulu runs on ads, but if you can’t stand commercials, you can go ad-free for $17.99/month.

Price: $7.99/month

Faraway Downs Season 1 on Hulu with Live TV

Meanwhile, Hulu with Live TV is a cord-cutting service that’s become a favorite alternative to cable in recent years:

Hulu with Live TV

Combining the best of streaming and cable, Hulu with Live TV pairs Hulu’s original programming like Only Murders in the Building, imports like Normal People, and licensed ABC shows like Modern Family with live TV channels like CNN, CBS, and TCM to give you an all-in-one TV package. The plans start at $77/month (with ads), but for an additional fee, you can upgrade to a bundle that removes commercials and throws in Disney+ and ESPN+ to the mix.

Price: $76.99/month

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Australia’s redemption arc

When it premiered in 2008, Australia promised to be a game-changing epic in the vein of Gone With the Wind. And there was no reason it couldn’t achieve that level of renown, what with it being helmed by the director behind Romeo+Juliet and The Great Gatsby and headlined by the megastar poster children of the Land Down Under, Kidman and Jackman. But then it flopped. Now, with Faraway Downs, Luhrmann seems committed to changing the public’s opinion of it.

Not a lot of films get a second shot like this, but maybe that’s set to change in the era of streaming. Who knows? Maybe, with this more fleshed-out version of the film, which reportedly shines more light on the indigenous people and Stolen Generations of Australia, Luhrmann is setting a precedent for other filmmakers who harbor regrets over their past work.

Australia is available to watch on Hulu

If you’re feeling curious, generous even, you can give Australia another watch and see if it was as bad as critics panned it out to be.

Hulu

Hulu may be on the cheaper side at just $7.99/month, but the on-demand streaming service boasts an ever-growing catalog of original series like The Handmaid’s Tale, primetime hits like Modern Family, and BBC imports like Killing Eve. It’s also where you’ll find FX’s critically acclaimed titles like Atlanta, Fargo, and Reservation Dogs. Hulu runs on ads, but if you can’t stand commercials, you can go ad-free for $17.99/month.

Price: $7.99/month