Bran Nue Dae is a coming-of-age musical comedy that celebrates family, forgiveness and aboriginal reconciliation.
It’s the Summer of 1965 and teenage Aboriginal boy Willie is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome in tropical northwest Australia - fishing, hanging out with his mates, and when he can, his girl Rosie.
But his mother Theresa has great hopes for him and she returns him to the religious mission for further schooling. After being punished by Father Benedictus for an act of youthful rebellion, Willie runs away from the mission.
Down on his luck he meets the drunk wily old Uncle Tadpole, and together they con a couple of hippies, Annie and Slippery into taking them on the 3,000 km journey through spectacular landscape back to Broome.
Back in Broome, Willie wins the girl he loves with all his heart, convinces his mother that Broome is the place he should be, and discovers that the father he never knew he had is his journeyman companion all along - Uncle Tadpole.
This story is just so full of life and celebration and joy, the things that aren't shown enough about Aboriginal experience.—Rachel Perkins, director
While Bran Nue Dae flirts with some substantial issues to do with Indigenous Australia, it never takes itself too seriously.—Sun Herald
- Phillip Rocky McKenzie - young boy Willie
Jessica Mauboy - young girl Rosie
Ernie Dingo - Uncle Tadpole
Missy Higgins - Annie
Geoffrey Rush - Father Benedictus
Deborah Mailman - Roxanne
Tom Budge - Slippery
Magda Szubanski - Roadhouse Betty
Ningali Lawford-Wolf - Theresa, Willie's mother
Stephen Baamba Albert - Pastor Flakkon
Dan Sultan - Lester
Aboriginal actors are in bold.
- Release dates
- 8 December 2009 - Premiere in Broome, Northern Territory
14 January 2010 - Australia
16 February 2010 - soundtrack CD
- Video/DVD release date
- 20 May 2010 - DVD/Blue-ray
- PG - Parental guidance
- Cast with Jimmy Chi and the members of the band Kuckles – Patrick Duttoo Bin Amat, Garry Gower, Michael Manolis
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
- 1928 Trooper O’Brien
- 1936 Uncivilised
- 1950 Bitter Springs
- 1955 Jedda
- 1958 Dust in the Sun
- 1960 Shadow of the Boomerang
- 1962 Wambidgee
- 1962 Alcheringa
- 1964 A Changing Race
- 1967 Journey out of Darkness
- 1967-1985 Walkabout With Malcolm Douglas
- 1971 Walkabout
- 1972 Ningla A-Na (Hungry For Our Land)
- 1972 Black Fire (Blackfire)
- 1973 Lurugu
- 1973 Come Out Fighting
- 1973 Basically Black
- 1974 Mourning For Mangatopi
- 1974 A Time to Dream
- 1974 The Unlucky Australians
- 1975 Sister, If You Only Knew
- 1975 Protected: The Truth About Palm Island
- 1975 Sons of Namatjira
- 1975 Malbangka Country
- 1976 Storm Boy
- 1976 Tjintu Pakani: Sunrise Awakening
- 1977 Backroads
- 1977 The Last Wave
- 1977 Journey Among Women
- 1978 The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
- 1978 My Survival As An Aboriginal
- 1978 The Last Tasmanian
- 1978 The Cake Man
- 1979 Takeover
- 1980 Manganinnie
- 1980 The House Opening
- 1980 Waiting For Harry
- 1981 Wrong Side of the Road
- 1981 Two Laws
- 1981 Backs To The Blast
- 1981 It’s A Long Road Back
- 1982 Three Horsemen
- 1982 We Fight (Guniwaya Ngigu)
- 1983 Lousy Little Sixpence
- 1983 Spear In The Stone
- 1983 Cass - No Saucepan Diver
- 1983 Welcome to Wee Waa
- 1984 Where The Green Ants Dream (Wo die grünen Ameisen träumen)
- 1984 Triumph of the Nomads
- 1984 Six Australians
- 1986 Babakiueria (“Barbecue Area”)
- 1986 The Secret Country: The First Australians Fight Back
- 1986 Backlash
- 1986 Short Changed
- 1986 My Spirit is Black
- 1987 How The West Was Lost
- 1987 The Fringe Dwellers
- 1987 Tudawali
- 1987 Link-Up Diary
- 1987 - current Nganampa Anwernekenhe
- 1988 Dreaming Of Lords
- 1988 Black Magic
- 1988 One People Sing Freedom
- 1988 Australia Daze
- 1988 Make It Right!
- 1988 Kadaicha (Stones of Death)
- 1988 The Dreaming
- 1988 88.9 Radio Redfern
- 1988 Eelemarni: The Story of Leo and Leva
- 1988 A Waltz Through the Hills
- 1989 Always Was Always Will Be
- 1989 Black Santa
- 1989 Land Bilong Islanders
- 1990 Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy
- 1990 No Fixed Address On Tour
- 1990 The Min-Min
- 1990 Quigley Down Under
- 1991 Bran Nue Dae (musical)
- 1991 Satellite Dreaming
- 1992 Deadly
- 1992 Jindalee Lady
- 1992 Black Man’s Houses
- 1993 Benny and the Dreamers
- 1993 Blackfellas (Day of the Dog)
- 1993 The Naked Country
- 1993 Bedevil (beDevil)
- 1993 Freedom Ride
- 1993 My Life As I Live It
- 1993 Mr Electric
- 1994 Beyond The Dreamtime
- 1994 Milli Milli
- 1994 Harold
- 1995 The Life of Harry Dare
- 1995 Fly Peewee Fly
- 1996 Coolbaroo Club
- 1996 No Way to Forget
- 1996 Pay Back
- 1996 Blacktracker
- 1996 Marn Grook
- 1996 From Sand to Celluloid
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