After bungling a multi-billion dollar deal, two squabbling executives are sent to the Australian outback to save the project but end up battling their ruthless bosses to save a quirky town instead.
In Bangamahbamup, a dying town deep in the Australian Outback, the remaining residents make a deal with a greedy global conglomerate to turn their homes into the largest open pit mine in the Southern Hemisphere.
WILL WALLACE, a wise-cracking, smooth-talking Scottish executive, needs the deal to succeed or his heartless bosses will ruin him.
But when the town residents accidentally overhear Will and an uptight Senior VP, DOUGLAS ANDERSON, insulting them on a conference call, Bangamahbamup pulls out of the multi-billion dollar deal. Will’s furious boss, LUCINDA HAMMERSLY-SMYTHE, sends the two of them down Oz to put things right, ASAP.
Despite the residents hating them for their overheard insults, Will and Doug struggle to get the deal back on track. But after they visit a nearby lush hidden valley, Will realizes he must fight his corporate bosses to save the valley and the Aboriginal tribe who live there from being destroyed as part of the open pit mine.
With Will and Doug now on the town’s side, they hammer out a new deal, one that protects the valley and Bangamahbamup from destruction. Will sends it off for final approval only to awake the next morning as Lucinda arrives by Lear jet to ream them out for ruining the deal and threatening their greedy corporation’s future profits.
Lucinda insists on the original deal, but the residents want the new deal that saves the valley and Will’s attempts at mediating fail. Both sides won’t back down and, despite visiting the secret valley, Lucinda loses her patience and threatens the town with an ‘accidental’ aerial bombardment unless they sign the original deal. Now.
With their actual lives on the line, the mayor shows Will and Doug the true secret within the hidden valley. An ancient Aboriginal cave, the ceiling a map of the night sky, each star a huge diamond. This cultural treasure is the real reason they must save the valley.
But with Lucinda unwilling to budge, the town furious at them, and the corporation even angrier, Will and Doug get into a huge fight in the pub. In the heat of the moment, Doug mentions the secret diamonds, and Lucinda overhears. She blackmails Doug into telling her about them, much to Will’s dismay.
Gloating, Lucinda conference calls her CEO, and they plan to ruthlessly mine the diamonds, then destroy the valley and town as originally planned. Smugly, Lucinda returns to the pub only to find her conversation exploding on social media around the globe. Will tricked her and now Lucinda’s greed has destroyed the deal, saving the town.
Suddenly, the corporation fires Lucinda, denying any part of what she’s done, and the Lear flies off without her. She barely escapes on a passing freight train as everyone celebrates their victory.
Six months later, Bangamahbamup is now a booming eco-tourist destination. Having quit the corporation, Will happily runs the pub and the local Aboriginal tribe escort eager visitors on tours of their magical valley.
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