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form y Bran Nue Dae single work   film/TV  
Adaptation of Bran Nue Dae : A Musical Journey Jimmy Chi 1990 single work musical theatre
Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 Bran Nue Dae
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Based on the stage musical of the same name by Jimmy Chi and the band Kuckles, Bran Nue Dae is set in 1969 and follows Willie, a young man who struggles to find a balance between the three things that drive his life: his love for his girl Rosie, his respect for his mother, and his religious faith. Willie's uncomplicated life of fishing and hanging out with his mates and his girl in the idyllic world of Broome is turned upside down when his mother returns him to the religious mission for further schooling and entry into the priesthood. After being punished for an act of youthful rebellion, he runs away from the mission on a journey that leads him to meet his 'Uncle Tadpole' and eventually return to Broome. Along the way, Willie and Uncle Tadpole meet a couple of hippies, spend the night in gaol, and meet a gun-toting roadhouse operator, while managing to stay one step ahead of Father Benedictus, who wants to bring Willie back to the mission.


  • Not all of the original songs from the 1990 stage musical appear in the film adaptation. For a complete listing of the original songs, see Bran Nue Dae: A Musical Journey published by Currency Press and Magabala Books (1991).

  • For further information, see the Bran Nue Dae website: http://www.brannuedaemovie.com/#/home

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First known date: 2009

Works about this Work

From Massacre Creek to Slaughter Hill : The Tracks of Mystery Road Peter Kirkpatrick , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Studies in Australasian Cinema , vol. 10 no. 1 2016; (p. 143-155)
'Ivan Sen’s 2013 feature Mystery Road [dir., 2013. Sydney: Mystery Road Films] seeks to break out of the arthouse mould of most Aboriginal cinema in its calculated adaptation of two seemingly disparate Hollywood genres, film noir and the western: genres which are foregrounded in the style and marketing of the film. Aaron Pedersen in his starring role as ‘Indigenous cowboy detective’ Jay Swan strikes a delicate balance between his compromised role as agent of the state and as freewheeling hero, for his role as a detective is underpinned by the ‘treacherous’ historical legacy of the tracker. In this article, I trace the central importance of the tracker figure in a reading of Mystery Road, taking in, among other texts, Sen's 1999 film Wind [dir., 1999. Australia: Mayfan Film Productions] and Arthur Upfield's ‘Bony’ novels. The troubled status of the tracker feeds into the noirish elements of Mystery Road, which ultimately requires a new kind of hero to emerge so that retribution may be enacted for past and present wrongs. That hero is the cowboy, a part for which Pedersen has been dressed all along.' (Publication abstract)
Watching Bran Nue Dae in Japan Catriona Elder , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , February vol. 40 no. 1 2016; (p. 109-117)

'While recently teaching in Japan, I used the Australian film Bran Nue Dae (2009), directed by Rachel Perkins, in one of my courses. The mixed, but non-Australian students, were interested to discuss why a film that was partly about family and historical trauma was a comedy. Extending from the interest, this article considers whether there has been a similar response in Australia to Indigenous-themed films. Are Indigenous issues in Australia, today, also understood to be best represented as serious; that is, to be presented in terms of trauma and with a focus on the difficult moments? Why might many people—the Tokyo students, but also non-Indigenous people in Australia—find it hard to laugh with (or even at) Aboriginal peoples doing funny things? Using Bran Nue Dae, and my students' reactions, this article examines the usefulness and limits of the sometimes careful attendance to issues of race and pain, which are often the way non-Indigenous people engage with Indigenous peoples and issues. Drawing on the success of Perkins' film, the article also explores the usefulness of comedy.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Spearheading Culture Belinda Seeney , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier Mail , 19 November 2015; (p. 52)
'Stephen Page is...rehearsing and restaging one of Bangarra Dance Theatre's earliest productions...'
Respecting Protocols for Representing Aboriginal Cultures Jared Thomas , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 14 no. 3 2014;
'This essay undertakes a detailed discussion of how respecting protocols for representing Indigenous cultures supports the interests of Indigenous communities and producers of stories with Indigenous content. To highlight the importance of Indigenous protocols I review the prominence and reception of Aboriginal stories in Australian film and literature and discuss how protocol guidelines can prevent problematic representations. I demonstrate how protocols influenced writing Calypso Summer (2014), a novel exploring issues relating to my cultural group, the Nukunu, to illustrate the challenges encountered and benefits gained from employing Indigenous representation protocols. ' (Author's introduction)
Case Studies 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Indigenous Film and Television Digital Bibliography 2014;

'Synopsis and bibliographies for selected Indigenous Australian films from locations across Australia including: Samson & Delilah, Beneath Clouds, Bran Nue Dae , The Sapphires, and Toomelah. '

A Bran Nue Dae for Aboriginal Cinema Alyssa Braithwaite , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: National Indigenous Times , 20 August vol. 8 no. 184 2009; (p. 12)

— Review of Bran Nue Dae Reg Cribb Rachel Perkins Jimmy Chi 2009 single work film/TV
A New Awakening Marie-Christine Sourris , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 December 2009; (p. 12-13)

— Review of Bran Nue Dae Reg Cribb Rachel Perkins Jimmy Chi 2009 single work film/TV
Happy Feat Peter Vincent , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 January 2010; (p. 9)

— Review of Bran Nue Dae Reg Cribb Rachel Perkins Jimmy Chi 2009 single work film/TV
New Release Tom Ryan , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 10 January 2010; (p. 19) The Sun-Herald , 10 January 2010; (p. 10)

— Review of Bran Nue Dae Reg Cribb Rachel Perkins Jimmy Chi 2009 single work film/TV
Hitting the Right Notes Sandra Hall , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 9-10 January 2010; (p. 19)

— Review of Bran Nue Dae Reg Cribb Rachel Perkins Jimmy Chi 2009 single work film/TV
Bran Nue Role for Australian Idol's Jessica Mauboy 2008 single work column
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 3 December no. 440 2008; (p. 51)
Film Festival Opener Takes Hard Look at Timor Deaths Michael Bodey , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 20 May 2009; (p. 8)
Bran New Dae to Give International Film Festival an Upbeat Finale Philippa Hawker , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 20 May 2009; (p. 17)
Taking Their Time in the Sun Natasha Robinson , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Australian , 7 May 2009; (p. 11)
Bran Nue Dae Diana Plater , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 June 2009; (p. 27)
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  • Broome, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • 1969
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