This Australian film chronicles the real-life trek (3,000 miles) of the title characters across the continent in 1860-61. They were the first to make the full south-to-north crossing, beginning at Melbourne and bound for the Gulf of Carpenteria directly to the north. Setting off in August, they are a caravan of horses, camels, and supply wagons. What begins as a pioneer adventure ends as an ordeal. Aside from the study of the male competitive urge (they are trying to beat another group attempting the same thing from a different direction), it is the brief encounters with nomadic bands of Aboriginals that make this film interesting. In the end there is a lone survivor, a Mr. King, who is found in a rude shelter constructed by Aboriginals. He returns on infirm legs to accept a gold watch from the Royal Geographic Society, and to narrate the last days of the lost Burke and Wills. They tragically console themselves with the boast that they were “the first white men to do it.” King acknowledges that it was “the blacks” that saved him, and that Burke never understood the blacks. His last memory of Mr. Burke is of him enthusing, “We’ll give ‘em a show, we’ll give ‘em a show they’ll never forget!” There are similarities to Mountains of the Moon – see Africa.