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In the Summer of 1969 a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome - fishing, hanging out with his mates and his girl. However his mother returns him to the ... See full summary »

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In the Summer of 1969 a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome - fishing, hanging out with his mates and his girl. However his mother returns him to the religious mission for further schooling. After being punished for an act of youthful rebellion, he runs away from the mission on a journey that ultimately leads him back home. Written by Anonymous

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AUD 6,500,000 (estimated)

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$23,527 (USA) (10 September 2010)

Gross:

$110,029 (USA) (2 October 2010)
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An awful waste of potential
18 February 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I rarely feel the need to walk out of a cinema mid film, or embarrassed that someone might recognise me viewing this film. It wuold seem Bran Nue Dae breaks all sorts of barriers.

I had high hopes that this would be a cleverly shot quirky comedy. What I got was a poorly shot, poorly scripted and poorly acted adaptation of a musical which should never have been made. Honestly some of the worst acting I've seen come out of this country in a long time (I'm looking your way Missy Higgins). There were some moments which I really enjoyed

  • Ernie Dingos performance was fantastic as was Dan Sultans. Both of
these actors really added some depth to a very shallow film.

You'll feel awkward watching some characters, and even more awkward when they burst into song with poorly lip-synced numbers that seem to come out of nowhere. This is a fine example of how not to adapt a musical to the screen there's no lead up, no emotional evocation, just BAMN and you're assaulted with singing that's both irrelevant and uninspiring.

This film screams wasted potential, it could have been so much better. It really is the little details that spoiled this film. I regret sitting through the whole film. I should have walked out at the 30 minute mark but I stayed, hoping for some level of improvement.


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