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Bran Nue Dae (2009)

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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 »

Director:

Rachel Perkins

Writers:

Jimmy Chi (stage musical), Kuckles (stage musical) | 8 more credits »
3 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rocky McKenzie Rocky McKenzie ... Willie
Jessica Mauboy ... Rosie
Ernie Dingo ... Uncle Tadpole
Missy Higgins Missy Higgins ... Annie
Geoffrey Rush ... Father Benedictus
Deborah Mailman ... Roxanne
Tom Budge ... Slippery
Magda Szubanski ... Roadhouse Betty
Ningali Lawford Ningali Lawford ... Theresa (as Ningali Lawford-Wolf)
Stephen B'Aamba Albert Stephen B'Aamba Albert ... Pastor Flakkon (as Stephen Baamba Albert)
Dan Sultan Dan Sultan ... Lester
Josiah Page Josiah Page ... Tommy
Hunter Page-Lochard ... Peter (as Hunter Page)
Samson Page Samson Page ... Daryl
Dayle Garlett Dayle Garlett ... Dorm Boy
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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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Going home never felt so good See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2010 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Palavi kainouria mera See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD 6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,527, 12 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$110,029, 4 October 2010
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robin Williams was interested in playing Father Benedictus. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Tadpole: Who likes Rolf Harris?
Willie: I hate Rolf Harris!
Slippery: Who is Rolf Harris?
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Summer Special 2009/10 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Bran Nue Dae
Written by Jimmy Chi (as Chi) and Michael Manolis Mavromatis (as Manolis)
Performed by Dan Sultan
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Aussies can still have fun.
8 January 2010 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

Where the heck did Rocky McKenzie come from? Someone must have forgotten to tell him that unknown indigenous boys with no previous film experience don't upstage the likes of Geoffrey Rush, Magda Szubanski and Ernie Dingo in their debut, because that is exactly what he has done. From the moment McKenzie appears on screen he lights it up. The aforementioned Aussie heavyweights all provide superb support though, as does ex-Australian Idol Jessica Mauboy in a role that should see her offered some more in the future. Fellow singer Missy Higgins, Tom Budge and well-respected aboriginal actress Deborah Mailman don't fare as well mind you.

Rachel Perkins has said that when she saw the stage musical of the same name she knew she would have to bring it to the big screen one day. Her obvious adoration of the source material is a blessing, the light-hearted and enthusiastic atmosphere seeps onto the audience and makes her paean a sure-fire Summer smash. Perkins has delivered what so many Aussies - indigenous or otherwise - have wanted for so long, a movie where all Australian races are poked fun at. It is the ideal anecdote to the current trend of Oz productions dealing with issues both serious and heavy.

The musical numbers are of varying standards. The finest of them – a booming Ernie Dingo-led traditional piece and an opening number in the Roebuck Bay Hotel with Mauboy and co which kicks the film off with a blast – are not only enjoyable but set the tone at their respective parts of the flick. Others don't progress the story quite as well – Higgins idyllic hymn to the 'dusty road' or her alluring melody to boyfriend Slippery – and have a distinct 'video clip' feel to them, however they're still excellent songs.

Credit goes to Perkins for proving that Aussies can still have fun on celluloid.

4 out of 5 (1 - Rubbish, 2 - Ordinary, 3 - Good, 4 - Excellent, 5 - Classic)


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