Qantas has unveiled its new ad – with fans admitting the new rendition of the iconic anthem left them in Tears.
More than 35 years after the airline first launched a campaign using Peter Allen’s I Still Call Australia Homethe new version reflects on the challenges the COVID Pandemic has wrought on Travelers far and wide.
WATCH IN THE VIDEO ABOVE: The new Qantas advert that has moved viewers to Tears
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Kylie Minogue, Hugh Jackman, Ash Barty, Adam Goodes and Troye Sivan all feature in the commercial, which was filmed pre-COVID at locations around Australia.
Swimmers Ellie Cole and Bronte Campbell also appear.
The footage begins with a drone shot showing the responsiveness of the Australian Wilderness as the sound of whipping wind can be heard.
Uluru then comes into view as the music – a contemporary arrangement featuring the Australian Girls Choir together with the National Boys Choir and the Gondwana Choir – starts to play.
Kylie Minogue and Hugh Jackman both sing in the ad.
Locations featured include Hutt Lagoon in WA and the jagged Cliffs of Cape Raoul in Tasmania.
Scenes were also filmed in Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, Sydney, South Australia’s Salt Lakes, Longreach, the Whitsundays, Los Angeles, Tokyo and London.
The final cut Highlights emotional reunions with loved ones as more Australians are traveling domestically and international visitors are returning – scenes that fans online said left them in Tears.
“The last major Qantas advert came as the country was rolling up its sleeves to be vaccinated so we could all reconnect, and it really struck a chord,” Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said.
“Now that the borders are finally open, and staying open, this is the perfect time to relaunch this Peter Allen classic as the national carrier’s anthem.
“The full version of this advert is effectively a short film that highlights Australia’s stunning natural beauty and unique culture while celebrating the incredible resilience that has really shone through recently.
“After a very difficult two years, we’re focused on recovery and have a lot of exciting things in the pipeline, including several new international destinations, decisions on new aircraft and recruiting more people.”
Former Australian of the Year and former AFL footballer Adam Goodes was filmed for the ad, waist deep in Bondi Beach’s Icebergs Ocean Baths in the middle of winter.
“I am honored to be involved in something that celebrates our unique country and culture and will hopefully help the recovery of tourism operators by inspiring Travelers to get out and explore all Australia has to offer,” he said.
Lyrics to I still Call Australia Home
I’ve been to cities that never close downFrom New York to Rome and old London townBut no matter how far or how wide I roamI still call Australia homeI’m always traveling, I love being freeAnd so I keep leaving the sun and the seaBut my heart lies waiting over the foamI still call Australia home