Bran Nue Dae

Willie’s a nice boy, but torn between training for the priesthood to please his mum and hanging out in Broome with Rosie (Jessica Mauboy), the girl he hasn’t quite got around to kissing. After running away from a Perth Aboriginal mission, Willie falls in with cheerful dero Uncle Tadpole (Ernie Dingo) and two hippies in a Kombi (it’s the Sixties) for a road trip north, pursued by loopy Father Benedictus (Geoffrey Rush with a pantomime German accent). Everyone hams it up with great zest in this gorgeous-looking musical and the songs are catchy and well integrated. Just don’t expect subtle plotting or a deep message. It’s a puppy of a film: energetic, colourful and eager to please. 7/10


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