Bran Nue Dae is based on Australia’s first Aboriginal musical of the same name in 1990, written by Broome legend Jimmy Chi. It was praised for Chi’s rock n’roll-cum-religious songs and the lyrical music of Broome band Kuckles. The stage show premiered at the Festival of Perth in 1990 and was an instant hit.
Also available on Blue Ray disc.
Ernie Dingo plays the same role he played in the musical.
Bran Nue Dae made a $7.6 million box-office take, making it the second-highest grossing Australian film of 2010.
Bran Nue Dae was shot in and around Broome and the Kimberley region in north-eastern Western Australia, notably Djaridjun (Lombadina).
Filming started on 3 November 2008.
Choreographed by Bangarra Dance Theatre’s director Stephen Page (who also auditioned for the part of Willie but missed out because his singing was too bad).
Other movies by director Rachel Perkins: Radiance; One Night the Moon.
Official website: http://www.bndthemovie.com
Lyrics from the musical Bran Nue Dae:
“Government give us pension cheques
Steal it all with income tax
No jobs for us but they all say
‘Government give us bran nue dae.’”
One of the most complicated jobs in the film was to coordinate a traditional dance from a number of tribal groups around the Broome area, which included obtaining agreement with elders on the groups dancing together, the style of body paint used and even where the ochre for that body paint came from.
Other films by Rachel Perkins:
Freedom Ride (1993)
One Night The Moon (2001)
First Australians (2008)
Redfern Now (Series 1) (2012)
Black Panther Woman (2014)