For nothing gives me greater joy than to watch you fill each girl and boy with superficial existential shit. The wit, humour and irony evident in this piece, helps to drive its more weighty messages which address significant issues such as identity, race relations, sense of belonging and place. The story is as silly as that of any grand opera. Today Broome is a prosperous resort town with an international airport, but once, it was the centre of Australia's pearl fishing industry, attracting Asian divers and fishermen and other colourful characters.
Richard Watts This Indigenous road-movie musical comedy is the feel-good Australian film of the year. Home, heart, country, family, love and laughter — these are the dynamics which drive the new Australian film Bran Nue Dae. Set inthe film tells the story of Broome teenager Willie newcomer Rocky McKenzie and his love for the beautiful Rosie former Australian Idol runner-up Jessica Mauboywho has also caught the eye of local singer Lester Melbourne-based singer Dan Sultan.
But Willie rebels against the paternalistic teachings of Father Benedictus Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush and runs away from school. With the help of the liquor-loving larrikin Uncle Tadpole Ernie Dingo, whose appearance in the original stage musical set him on the path to stardom and two well-meaning hippies, Annie Missy Higgins and Wolfgang Tom BudgeWillie heads for home, and his beloved Rosie, with Father Benedictus hot on his heels The original musical of Bran Nue Dae, which premiered at the Festival of Perth in and went on to tour the nation, was a groundbreaking piece of theatre; the first such show to be conceived, developed and produced by Aboriginal people.
Author Jimmy Chi drew on his own personal history, the unique cross-cultural nature of Broome, and a range of musical styles to weave together a powerful, uplifting and very entertaining story about Aboriginal life and identity.
To laugh, sing and dance are some of our greatest and simplest pleasures. These things are essentially human; they lift our spirits and make us feel good. This is how I felt some 20 years ago when I stood with the rest of the audience and cheered Bran Nue Dae, the stage musical.
Performances — save for the somewhat bland Rocky McKenzie as Willie — are generally excellent, especially the charismatic Ernie Dingo, and a larger-than-life turn by Deborah Mailman as the seductive Kimberly woman Roxanne a character that did not appear in the original production, and who is lifted from the play Solid, co-written by Ningali Lawford-Wolf.
Perhaps the most outstanding element of the film is the cinematography by Andrew Lesnie The Lord of the Rings which brings the rich colours of the outback to full and vivid life.
Vibrant and delightful, exuberant and uplifting, Bran Nue Dae is hands- down the feel-good Australian film of the year. See it and rejoice.
Film Editing by Rochelle Oshlack.Thomas "Tom" Budge (born 15 March ) is an Australian torosgazete.com was born in Melbourne, torosgazete.com in his acting career, Budge appeared in a number of Australian television shows, including Neighbours, Round the Twist and Shock Jock etc.
After a few years Budge moved from television to film, and has appeared in a number of Australian films, including, The Proposition, Kokoda, Candy. Bran Nue Dae is a beacon light in Aboriginal and Australian cultural history.
The musical and the film both introduced Australian audiences to new visions of Aboriginal theatre and film as innovative, exciting and fun, and brought new generations of Aboriginal people into these industries. By contrast, Bran Nue Dae was filmed and set where its spirit lies, in the north-western town of Broome.
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Bran Nue Dae was screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival over the weekend to rave reviews. Click here to read more: The Australian. (note down words used to describe it and how images portray it as different from other places) Perth is represented as a dull and restricted place.
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