Bran Nue Dae

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director(s): Rachel Perkins
Production: Mayfan
  3 wins & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

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Bless me, Father,

for I have sinned.

It has been two months

since my last confession.

What do you wish to confess, my son?

I have had thoughts

about a

Thoughts? What thoughts?

Lustful thoughts?

Yes, Father.

You are a good boy. You will

overcome these sinful urges in time.

It is part of the hard road

to becoming a priest

that we all must face.

But, Father...

..I don't know if I'd be good

at being a priest.

You want to waste your life

like all those useless blackfellas

up in Broome?

No, Willie, you're

much better than that.

Your penance is 15 rosaries.

Now go.

- Willie!

- Rosie?

Rosie? It's Peter. Come on.

Go back to sleep.

Come on. We've got some hunting

to do tonight, boy.

What are you talking about?

The tuck shop. Shh, come on.

You're gonna get in trouble.

Come on, Willie.

- Hey. Hey, wake up.

- But I'm tired.

Shh. Shhh. Come on, let's go.

Come on, Willie. Let's go.

Come on, Willie.


Let's go, let's go.

Hurry up.

Come on, come on, come on.

Keep an eye out.

"Thou shalt not steal"!

Thou shalt not starve either.

We should go back.

Food for our souls.

Now, what you want?

What are you doing?

Itemising every available

confection und beverage.

Oh, yum. Thank you, Lord.

Thank you, Lord.

And this is for

all the starving kids in the world.

Like us, bro. Us black kids are starving.

Ja, ja, ja!

Benny, Benny.

Benny's coming!

Let's go. Let's go.

My greatest desire is

to see you Aborigine people educated

and trained in the skills

of the modern world,

to become citizens of this great

country that is truly yours.

We have to show love

to these children.

Lux in tenebris -

light in the darkness!

Yet, we all know there are

many evils in the world today.

For now, let us just talk

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Jimmy Chi

James Ronald Chi (1948 – 26 June 2017) was an Australian composer, musician and playwright. His best known work is the 1990 musical Bran Nue Dae which was adapted for film in 2009. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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