Bushfire Moon also known as Miracle Down Under is a period Australian Christmas film set in outback Australia.
Written by Jeff Peck and directed by George Miller in 1987, with a budget of A$2 million. The film starring John Waters, Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Bill Kerr and Dee Wallace.
Shot on location in the breathtaking wilds of southeastern Australia, Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement and Perricoota Homestead in Moama NSW.
The film captures the exciting adventures and personal conflicts of a rugged group of settlers endure in the remote bush country during the 1890s.
Visions of taming the frontier quickly fade one summer’s drought until a series of miraculous events rekindles the pioneers’ hope.
The film centres around an eight year old boy Ned O’Day (Andrew Ferguson) who mistakes an old swaggie (Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell) for Father Christmas.
Ned O’Day sets in motion a series of events that saves his family’s sheep farm from a devastating drought, brings feuding neighbours together and reforms a scoundrel.
This film was also released in America under the title “The Christmas Visitor”.