Qantas returns to perennial favourite Peter Allen in their new ad due to hit TV screens Sunday night. Aussie recording stars Kylie Minogue, Hugh Jackman and Troye Sivan sing Allen’s iconic ‘I Still Call Australia Home’, the anthemic hit used by the airline for over 30 years.
Watch ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ below.
Australian Peter Allen famously married Liza Minnelli in 1967 after touring with her mother, Judy Garland. He enjoyed numerous hits during his career both as a singer and a songwriter. Although he never came out as gay following his divorce from Minnelli, he didn’t pretend to be straight either.
“I was as out as a not-out celebrity could be then.”
Peter Allen wrote ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ in 1980 as an expression of the homesickness of expatriate Aussies. Although it originally peaked at #72 on the local singles chart, it has remained a popular Aussie anthem ever since.
Peter Allen died of an AIDS-related illness in 1992. Historic Tenterfield in NSW, the location of Peter Allen’s ‘Tenterfield Saddler’ holds an annual Peter Allen Festival.
Qantas first adopted ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ for a 1987 advertising campaign and have returned to the song a number of times since.
In addition to Kylie, Hugh and Troye, the new ad features the Australian Girls Choir together with National Boys Choir and the Gondwana Choir. Ash Barty, Adam Goodes, the Bangarra dancers, Qantas staff, Olympians and the Qantas Choir also all make appearances in addition to iconic Aussie landscapes. And of course, there are kangaroos. Qantas is, after all, the flying kangaroo.
Check it out and see what you think.
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