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Bran Nue Dae (2009)

  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 828 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Musical
  • Release Date: 14 January 2010 (Australia)
  • Runtime: Canada:88 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Australia:85 min | USA:85 min
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Bran Nue Dae (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Bran Nue Dae (2009)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 828 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Musical
  • Release Date: 14 January 2010 (Australia)
  • Runtime: Canada:88 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Australia:85 min | USA:85 min
  • Filming Location: Broome, Western Australia, Australia
  • Budget: AUD 6,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $110,029(USA)(4 October 2010)
  • Director: Rachel Perkins
  • Stars: Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy and Ernie Dingo
  • Original Music By: Cezary Skubiszewski   
  • Soundtrack: Bran Nue Dae (Millya Rumarra recording)
  • Plot Keyword: Fight Over Girl | Jealous Man | Gas Station | Candy Bar | Corporal Punishment In School

Writing Credits By:

  • Reg Cribb (screenplay) and
  • Rachel Perkins (screenplay) and
  • Jimmy Chi (screenplay)
  • Jimmy Chi (stage musical) &
  • Garry Gower (stage musical) &
  • Kuckles (stage musical) and
  • Patrick Duttoo Bin Amat (stage musical) &
  • Michael Manolis Mavromatis (stage musical) and
  • Stephen Pigram (stage musical)
  • Adrian Wills  writer: making of

Known Trivia

  • Robin Williams was interested in playing Father Benedictus.

Plot: In the Summer of 1969 a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome – fishing… See more » |  »

Story: 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  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Glennie Allan known as associate producer
  • Catherine Bishop known as line producer (as Tatts Bishop)
  • Andrea Distefano known as associate producer
  • Graeme Isaac known as producer
  • Robyn Kershaw known as producer
  • Taryne Laffar known as producer attachment: Perth, ScreenWest
  • Christopher Mapp known as executive producer
  • Matthew Street known as executive producer
  • David Whealy known as executive producer
  • Irma Woods known as producer attachment: Perth, ScreenWest

FullCast & Crew:

  • Rocky McKenzie known as Willie
  • Jessica Mauboy known as Rosie
  • Ernie Dingo known as Uncle Tadpole
  • 'Missy' Higgins known as Annie
  • Geoffrey Rush known as Father Benedictus
  • Deborah Mailman known as Roxanne
  • Tom Budge known as Slippery
  • Magda Szubanski known as Roadhouse Betty
  • Ningali Lawford known as Theresa (as Ningali Lawford-Wolf)
  • Stephen B'Aamba Albert known as Pastor Flakkon (as Stephen Baamba Albert)
  • Dan Sultan known as Lester
  • Josiah Page known as Tommy
  • Hunter Page-Lochard known as Peter (as Hunter Page)
  • Samson Page known as Daryl
  • Dayle Garlett known as Dorm Boy
  • Paully Edgar known as Sam
  • Sylvia Clarke known as Woman on Beach
  • Ali Torres known as Woman on Beach
  • Ferdy Richard Mauboy known as Rosie's Dad (as Ferdy Mauboy)
  • Rowan Albert known as Boy at Sun Pictures
  • Emma Sibosado known as Rosie's Gang
  • Sophie Kelly known as Rosie's Gang
  • Irene Shadforth known as Rosie's Gang
  • Kelton Pell known as Mean Drunk
  • Jimmy Edgar known as Footy Coach / Listen to the News Dancer
  • Tony Briggs known as Scary Black Man
  • Peter West known as Lou (Policeman)
  • Rob Greenough known as Bruce (Policeman)
  • Brodie Taylor known as Barman (Broome)
  • Damon Lockwood known as Barman (Perth)
  • Ricardo del Rio known as Priest
  • Nick Britton known as Priest
  • Patrick Duttoo Bin Amat known as Lester's Band – Kuckles
  • Michael Manolis Mavromatis known as Lester's Band – Kuckles
  • Garry Gower known as Lester's Band – Kuckles
  • Ngaire Pigram known as Roebuck Hotel Dancer
  • Tara Gower known as Roebuck Hotel Dancer
  • Gina Rings known as Roebuck Hotel Dancer
  • Peggy Misi known as Roebuck Hotel Dancer (as Peggy Missi)
  • Deborah Brown known as Roebuck Hotel Dancer
  • Waangenga Blanco known as Roebuck Hotel Dancer / Listen to the News Dancer
  • Sermsah 'Suri' Bin Saad known as Roebuck Hotel Dancer / Listen to the News Dancer (as Sermsah Bin Saad)
  • Trevor Jamieson known as Roebuck Hotel Dancer / Listen to the News Dancer
  • Sani Townson known as Roebuck Hotel Dancer / Listen to the News Dancer
  • Perun Bonser known as Roebuck Hotel Dancer / Listen to the News Dancer
  • David Page known as Roebuck Hotel Dancer / Listen to the News Dancer
  • Rachelle Watkins known as Roebuck Hotel Dancer
  • Peter Francis known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Phillip Green known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Roy Wiggan known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Robert Wunuwal Dann known as Listen to the News Dancer (as Robert Dann)
  • Bradley Angus known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Brian Bin Saabin known as Listen to the News Dancer (as Brian Bin Saaban)
  • Aaron Brand known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Bahn Copelandi known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Patrick George known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Lowell Hunter known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Louis Isaac known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Terrance Jack known as Listen to the News Dancer (as Terrance 'TJ' Jack)
  • Leon Jacky known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Murray Manolis known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Hiroshi Masatora known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Nav Yapa known as Listen to the News Dancer
  • Terry Nupurra known as Chooky Dancer
  • Darren Matan known as Chooky Dancer
  • Angus Malakunya known as Chooky Dancer
  • Nathan Guymangura known as Chooky Dancer
  • Jason Yirrmal known as Chooky Dancer
  • Simon Bapadjambang known as Chooky Dancer
  • Joshua Bond known as Chooky Dancer's Mnager
  • Cory Jones known as Witness to Van Accident (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Mandy Cahill known as additional hair stylist
  • Kartika Christophers known as additional hair stylist
  • Tina Coate known as additional hair stylist
  • K.T. Crocker known as key makeup artist (as KT Crocker)
  • Tisa Crocker known as additional makeup assistant
  • Alba Iommazzo known as additional hair stylist
  • Paula Marzo known as additional hair stylist
  • Pauline McLaughlin known as additional hair stylist
  • Danni Miller known as makeup assistant
  • Annette Scaffidi known as hair stylist
  • Tahnya Stevenson known as additional hair stylist
  • Romy Van Den Burg known as additional hair stylist
  • Heather Wyles known as additional hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Jeanne Browne known as painter: Kombi
  • Sophie Burkett known as art department assistant: UK
  • Christopher 'Fin' Douglas known as painter
  • Sue Elphinstone known as art department coordinator
  • Tania Ferrier known as assistant buyer: Perth
  • Tania Ferrier known as set dresser: Perth
  • Chris Hill known as assistant scenic artist
  • Terrance Jack known as art department assistant (as Terrance 'TJ' Jack)
  • Peter Kobicek known as stand-by props (as Peter Kodicek)
  • Ken Lau known as graphic artist
  • Peter Malatesta known as property master
  • Peter Malatesta known as set dresser
  • Michael Mulholland known as assistant buyer
  • Michael Mulholland known as set dresser
  • Cameron Stanton known as construction manager
  • Eloise Stuart known as props buyer: Perth
  • Eloise Stuart known as set dresser: Perth
  • Malcom Ward known as carpenter
  • Glen Webster known as carpenter




Production Companies:

  • Robyn Kershaw Productions (production company)
  • Mayfan (production company)
  • Film Victoria
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Omnilab Media
  • Screen Australia

Other Companies:

  • ARRI Australia  camera equipment
  • Blooms Café Restaurant  catering: Broome
  • Cornerpost  sound post-production: making of (as Corner Post)
  • DeLuxe Laboratories  post-production facilities
  • Deluxe Australia  digital intermediate
  • Digital Pictures  post-production facilities
  • Enormodome Northcote, The  music recording and mixing facility
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Fujifilm  film stock
  • HW Wood  insurance
  • LaB Sydney, The  video post-production: making of (as The Lab)
  • Moneypenny Services  post-production accounting
  • Nina Stevenson & Associates  legal services (as Nina Stevenson and Associates)
  • Omnilab Media  funding
  • Showfilm  travel agent
  • Sing Sing Studios Melbourne  music recording and mixing facility
  • Soundfirm  sound post-production
  • Studio 44 Broome  music recording and mixing facility
  • Zealot Designs  epk (as Zealot)


  • Cinemarket (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Freestyle Releasing (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Teleview International (2009) (Lebanon) (TV) (Middle East)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Iloura (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Chris Betteridge known as senior compositor: Iloura
  • Chris Bonzon known as i/o operator: Deluxe Australia
  • Paul Cross known as digital liaison: Deluxe Australia
  • Franco Diciero known as i/o operator: Deluxe Australia
  • Dominic Hellier known as compositor: Iloura
  • Tom Keneally known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Jarett Lee known as digital artist: Iloura
  • Kevin Lynch known as compositor: Deluxe Australia
  • Ineke Majoor known as visual effects producer: Iloura
  • Glenn Melenhorst known as creative director: title, Iloura
  • Ross Mitchell known as i/o supervisor: Deluxe Australia
  • Kate Moon known as character designer: titles, Iloura
  • Michael Nix known as visual effects assistant: Iloura
  • Matt Omond known as compositor: Iloura
  • Simon Rosenthal known as visual effects executive producer: Iloura
  • Josh Simmonds known as environment designer: titles, Iloura
  • Georgia Smith known as visual effects coordinator: Iloura
  • Sarah Sparnenn known as compositor: Deluxe Australia
  • Jason Turpin known as i/o operator: Deluxe Australia
  • Peter Webb known as visual effects supervisor: Iloura
  • Kaspar Zwirner known as senior compositor: Deluxe Australia
  • Chris Dwyer known as visual effects artist: Iloura (uncredited)
  • Matthew Pascuzzi known as visual effects artist: Iloura (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Australia 9 August 2009 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
  • Canada 12 September 2009 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • United Arab Emirates 14 December 2009 (Dubai International Film Festival)
  • Australia 14 January 2010
  • USA 22 January 2010 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • USA 8 February 2010 (Santa Barbara International Film Festival)
  • Germany 13 February 2010 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • USA 26 April 2010 (Newport Beach International Film Festival)
  • USA 1 June 2010 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Ukraine 20 July 2010 (Odessa International Film Festival)
  • USA 10 September 2010 (limited)
  • Canada 24 September 2010 (Toronto)
  • Switzerland 24 September 2010 (Zurich Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and drug use



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. AtomicAce from Sydney, Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:27 pm

    BRAN NUE DAE (aboriginal speak for "Brand New Day") is a joyous musicalromp which celebrates Australia's indigenous culture. The movie tellsthe story – in song, dance and dialogue – of an aboriginal boy's escapefrom a Catholic boarding school in Perth in the 1960s and misadventureswith hippies (Missy Higgins and Tom Budge) and Uncle Tadpole (ErnieDingo) in a "Kombi" Campervan on his journey back to his sweetheart inhometown, Broome, pursued by the relentless Father Benedictus (GeoffreyRush).

    In the 1990s, I had enjoyed the stage musical written by Broomemusician/playwright, Jimmy Chi, but was intrigued as to how it might beadapted to the big screen. I was not disappointed. Director RachelPerkins does a fine job of retaining the exuberance of the stageproduction while incorporating new elements that only cinema canprovide. Like most road comedies, BRAN NUE DAE revolves around a seriesof skits, most of which are very funny. The cast are excellent,especially Ernie Dingo and Jessica Mauboy, with suitably over-the-topperformances by Geoffrey Rush, Deborah Mailman and Magda Szubanski. Thetunes are catchy and infectious.

    BRAN NUE DAE touches lightly upon aboriginal rights issues, but mostlyit is good old fashioned vaudevillian fun. Go see it!

  2. lzagorsk-1 from Darwin Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:27 pm

    I watched this film with little knowledge of its content apart from avague recollection that there was a play by the same name from manyyears ago. I was pleasantly surprised by the movie and thoroughlyenjoyed its humour and wackiness. I am northern European heritage buteven I wanted to be an Aborigine for a day (watch the movie and youwill know what I am talking about). Given the Indigenous population inDarwin where I live and the proximity of us to Broome there was alwaysgoing to be some forgiveness for the inherent weaknesses in the movie.Hell, even though I haven't met Jess Mauboy personally, I know somepeople who were/are important in her life. I also have met and enjoyeda bit of time many years ago with Uncle Tadpole, Ernie Dingo. So Isuppose you could say that I am more inclined to be supportive of thismovie than not. That being said, I was in a cinema 80 per cent full andthere was standing applause at the end by some. My 17 year old daughterwho I thought would seriously savage the movie came out saying shereally enjoyed it. Clearly, Geoffrey Rush is a standout, as withanything he delivers on screen. But this is not a movie aboutstandouts. It delivers in the true Indigenous philosophy of acollaborative effort. The sum of the collaborative efforts is fargreater than the individual parts. Go see it with no preconceptions andenjoy. I reckon the reason this quirky movie is so interesting is thatit defies genre, unlike another poster that didn't seem to enjoy itbecause it didn't seem to fit a pre-defined mould.

  3. smegforbrains83 from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:27 pm

    This movie is a fantastic showcase of Australian talent and acelebration of life.

    A classic Aboriginal coming of age road trip adventure musical.

    Sounds crazy right?

    From start to finish I had my eyes glued to the screen, the wholecinema laughed and cried throughout with the characters as though wewere there on the road trip ourselves.

    Everyone applauded at the end.

    Just a great classic Australin film Takes me back to the first time Isaw Priscilla or The Castle.

    Worth seeing!

  4. ptb-8 from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:27 pm

    BRAN NUE DAE is an utterly delightful new musical with an IndigenousAustralian cast that is a sensational showcase of Aboriginal/Islandertalent. Set in Broome in NW West Australia with spectacular naturalscenery, BRAN NUE DAE revels in its silliness, sense of fun, communityand absolute zinger talent. It is a musical road trip set in 1969 abouta funny romantic schoolboy who falls in love and discovers hilariousfamily truths. It also clearly shows how photogenic our Aboriginalteens are, and with young-Elvis-like Rocky Mackenzie as Willie in ascreen debut with gorgeous Jessica Mauboy as the focus, we are sweptalong for raucous dusty fun. It will appeal to cinema audiences asPRISCILLA did in revealing the beauty of Australian deserts and withtop stars Geoffrey Rush and Magda Szubanski as key white talent inshowstopper roles, the film has the broadest possible appeal. The songsare memorable and the imagery truly beautiful. BRAN NUE DAE is a tadedited down and short at 88 minutes, but that only means I wanted more.It is by turns hilarious, poignant and always visually stunning whetherit be the faces or the landscape. If this is that start to a new decadein Oz film making, then I want more. No more dumb desert murder films.Lets go for fun and happiness and music music music. Ernie Dingo playsit like Uncle Remus and scores the best laughs.

  5. nonirose from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:27 pm

    I was lucky enough to see a review screening of this movie. I have tosay it is one of the best movies i've ever seen. What i would like toknow is, when will it be shown at the cinemas for all to see? Irecommend it to everyone. It showed so much more of Australian then themovie 'Australia' and it left you feeling so energised in your seat.The casting is fantastic, I was a little hesitant about a few,especially as they're many first timers for movies. At the end we wereleft wanting to sing some of the songs, and one could describe it as an'Australian Bollywood' in the way it is brought together with so manysongs throughout. Absolutely brilliant. I haven't seen the 'musical'version, but i wish i had! Wow what a movie. The time flies by soquickly!!!! Too quickly if you ask me!! Cant wait to see it again!

  6. katzkin from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:27 pm

    I'm beginning to lose faith in the IMDb reviews I read in here.

    People are being awfully generous scoring this film 10 out of 10 andcalling it "the best movie I've ever seen".

    To me it's a flawed work of great unfulfilled potential.

    The trailer, on the other hand is excellent!

    I would have enjoyed this film more if: * It could have chosen on genreand stuck to it. * I could have understood the lyrics to more of thesongs (I'm sure they were very clever, but the sound mix was not thebest). * There was a reason for Magda's character to be in it. * Theygave a reason why everyone was arrested. * The film maker could addsome punchlines to some of the potentially funny moments. * They showedmore of the country than just the one, dusty red stretch of road.

    Having said that, I do agree that it is still one of the betterAustralian films of the past few years.

    I just wish the film makers would spend more time in the editing roomand less time on IMDb writing reviews…

  7. Pawn12 from NSW, Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:27 pm

    Bran Nue Dae is an honest attempt at providing us with a light-heartedIndigenous-fueled musical comedy, that instead of dwelling on thewrongs and injustice that have been bestowed upon their culture andpast by white society, decides to celebrate everything Aboriginal. Thisis an enormous shift in tone from previous films such as Samson &Delilah, in which the protagonist sniffs copious amounts of petrol, andat one point is living homeless under a bridge in Alice Springs (thoughit does feature one of the most beautifully minimalist relationships Ihave seen – Samson only speaks a single word during the film). It isalso a far cry from Rabbit Proof Fence, which deals with the whole"Stolen Generation" debacle (probably not an appropriate word choice).So it is nice to see a more joyful film coming out of the Aboriginalcommunity. But, even despite its best intentions, Bran Nue Dae is in noway a great film, and in fact actually teeters on the edge of being abad film.

    Bran Nue Dae tells the story of a boy named Willie (Rocky McKenzie –cinematic virgin), who lives in Broome, and is destined for priesthood.Despite his supposed destiny, Willie feels a lustful urge towards ayoung girl named Rosie (Jessica Mauboy). Before he is given a chance tofully explore his feelings, Willie is sent back to a Christian boardingschool, ruled over by Father Benedictus (Geoffrey Rush – Shine, PiratesOf The Caribbean). After an incident involving a few Cherry Ripes and apaddle, Willie runs away, attempting to make his way back up to Broomewith the help of a drunkard named Uncle Tadpole (Ernie Dingo), a hippienamed Annie (Missy Higgins), and German man named Slippery (Tom Budge –Round The Twist) who is looking for his father. So they travel, theyendure conflict, and it all gets resolved, etc etc.

    BND is essentially a feel-good movie, but being so leads it to takeroute down a never-ending display of cliché avenues. Most of thecharacters are built entirely on stereotypes – the hippie, the bad-boy,etc. And so little character development takes place that thecharacters are merely shadows with names. The acting, however, isdecent. McKenzie gives an overall solid performance, and though hisspeech does often falter, he is steady enough to be warrantedwatchable. Mauboy just mostly stands there and looks pretty with hardlyanything to do – can she act? After this, I sure as hell don't know.Then the Rushinator comes in to spice things up, and you can almost seethe rest of the cast looking over at him and taking notes. Not much canbe said about Missy's performance other then that she tries her best,and though I didn't find her particularly appealing as an actor, I wasthankful that she wasn't particularly painful either. And then therewas Mr Dingo – the film's savior. He has a comedic air and sense oftiming that is not prevalent for most of the other actors in the cast.He is charming whether he be getting drunk, singing along to RolfHarris, or just smacking a snake against a tree.

    Magda Szubanski shows up for a cameo, which can only be said to berather pointless, other then giving Dingo something more to work with,or if you like her jiggling her breasts around. Actually, that was theproblem with a lot of the film – most of it just seemed far toopointless.

    It's a musical, so I guess something has to be said about the music.The music was okay I guess, despite the fact that every single songseemed to be launched into rather awkwardly. Most added very little tothe plot, but their was a particularly appealing song about wanting tobe nothing but an Aborigine. Other then that I wasn't particularlyimpressed with the music the film had to offer. The vocals were fine,Ernie Dingo once again being an obvious standout, but that is reallyjust a mater of personal preference.

    I guess, cutting it to the core, what I didn't like about the film wasjust how corny it was. Everything was smothered in cheese, resulting init playing out much like a Bollywood film. I do have to applaud it forthat though. It never attempts to be anything more then a big hunk ofhappiness, and occasionally the happiness can be really quiteinfectious. It's incredibly cheesy, but often the lyrics of the songsare actually incredibly smart. It' s a mixed bag really, becausedespite being a bad film, you can't really exit the theater feelinganything but happy. So it succeeds in its goals, though it aims lowerthen it should have. The ending though? Brilliant. Terrible, butbrilliant. It is just one big "stuff you" to rationality, andbelievability. They want you to feel good, so why not just tieeverything together in the most ridiculous way possible? Bran Nue Daeis based on the stage production of the same name, and is RachelPerkins 3rd movie. I will neither recommend it, nor suggest you don'twatch it.

  8. Troy_Campbell from Sydney, Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:27 pm

    Where the heck did Rocky McKenzie come from? Someone must haveforgotten to tell him that unknown indigenous boys with no previousfilm experience don't upstage the likes of Geoffrey Rush, MagdaSzubanski and Ernie Dingo in their debut, because that is exactly whathe has done. From the moment McKenzie appears on screen he lights itup. The aforementioned Aussie heavyweights all provide superb supportthough, as does ex-Australian Idol Jessica Mauboy in a role that shouldsee her offered some more in the future. Fellow singer Missy Higgins,Tom Budge and well-respected aboriginal actress Deborah Mailman don'tfare as well mind you.

    Rachel Perkins has said that when she saw the stage musical of the samename she knew she would have to bring it to the big screen one day. Herobvious adoration of the source material is a blessing, thelight-hearted and enthusiastic atmosphere seeps onto the audience andmakes her paean a sure-fire Summer smash. Perkins has delivered what somany Aussies – indigenous or otherwise – have wanted for so long, amovie where all Australian races are poked fun at. It is the idealanecdote to the current trend of Oz productions dealing with issuesboth serious and heavy.

    The musical numbers are of varying standards. The finest of them – abooming Ernie Dingo-led traditional piece and an opening number in theRoebuck Bay Hotel with Mauboy and co which kicks the film off with ablast – are not only enjoyable but set the tone at their respectiveparts of the flick. Others don't progress the story quite as well –Higgins idyllic hymn to the 'dusty road' or her alluring melody toboyfriend 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 oncelluloid.

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

  9. Tim Johnson from Fremantle, Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:27 pm

    Diane and I just returned from a brilliant afternoon at the Cineplex;we watched and thoroughly enjoyed the film version of this stagemusical from years ago. I admit to a total loathing of, particularly,American musicals but this is the exception that proves the rule. Themusic, of which I bought a tape (that's how old it is in its originalform) when we saw the stage version here in Perth when it firstappeared, is just great listening music. I also admit to loving Broomeand the mixed society of Broome and the film version of the playresonated extremely well with me. I loved the locations, I loved theactors, I loved the script, in fact, there was nothing about the filmthat I would change. For who knows what reasons, I particularly noticedSzbanski as Road House Betty, Mauboy as Rosie, Mailman as Roxanne andErnie Dingo as Uncle Tadpole. I feel bad about singling out thesepeople because the entire cast was magical and they carried the storybeautifully. Forget all the bad things about New York musicals and seethis immediately.

  10. jmason72-1 from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:27 pm

    I didn't know the story of this movie – but was completely sucked in bythe previews. What a fabulous movie. It's incredibly funny and odd andthere is just some amazing cinematography.

    It's a musical and the premise is that Rocky is studying to be a priest- we know from the outset that he's in love with Rosie (Jess Mauboy whois just going to be a superstar after this). After standing up to thehead priest, Rocky takes off and heads home to Broome.

    On the way he meets his 'Uncle Tadpole', and two hippies touring WA, adrunken prostitute who all end up on his journey home – all whilst thehead priest is chasing him down.

    There is one scene in particular which just blew my mind, jumps on theback of truck with a bunch of Aboriginal Footballers. Zorba the Greekstarts playing and the footy team begin doing an amazing traditionaldance which had the audience whooping with delight. Amazing! It's thelittle things in this movie that work so well and are so touching. Andone point our hapless road gang are arrested after Uncle Tadpole stealsfrom a Roadshop. Whilst the whites and the inexperienced Rocy fight thecops – Roxy and Uncle Tadpole walk to the cells without fight orcomment.

    Whilst the ending is ridiculous, who cares – at my screening theaudience burst into applause. Everyone walked out on a high. If you'rea Muriel's Wedding fan and you like your movies kinda kooky – thenyou'll enjoy this. This is feel good stuff.


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