Bran Nue Dae

Synopsis: The feature film BRAN NUE DAE was adapted from the original stage musical BRAN NUE DAE written by Indigenous musician and writer Jimmy Chi and his band Kuckles, which premiered to great acclaim in Perth Australia in 1990. The film was produced in 2009, directed by Rachel Perkins and co-written by Rachel Perkins, Reg Cribb and Jimmy Chi. Released in 2010 it was a major box office hit, for the first time sharing an Indigenous film story with a wide Australian audience.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director(s): Rachel Perkins
Production: Mayfan
  3 wins & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

And God said,

"Let there be light,"

and there was light.

Brothers and sisters,

Iet us send our prayers to heaven.

Who will come forward and testify?

Today, on this very day,

who wants to wash their sins?

But you know, Willie,

if you work hard,

pray hard, do your studies,

you can do really well.

You know a priest

has the respect of everyone.

You want to be a priest,

don't you, Willie?


For the eyes of God sees all!

Hey, who are you styling up for?

No-one, Mum.

Dad's losing all his money again.

And Mum won't be very happy

when he gets home.

Check this.

Gerry, you gambling old bugger!

You wait till I get hold of you!

No-one's coming.

Rosie, I...


Well, because this is my last night,

I thought that maybe...

Well, I mean...just...




I just thought that...

Just wondering if you'd like to come

with me to the pictures?

What, like a date?, no, not a date. Like,

well, we could sit together, maybe.

Willie, that's a date.

Oh. Well, yeah. OK.


You're a deadly singer,

you know that?

You should come inside

and do a tune with the band.

I'm Lester.



Er, I'm Willie.

Come on, Rosie, we've got to go.

Who is this? Your little brother?

No. No.

Ah, is he your boyfriend?


Well, alright, then. I'll just be in there.

If you want me.

Why did you say we have to go?

- Because we're not allowed in there.

- Why not?

You know why not.

Alright, boys!

Come on. This is my big chance.

Well, I guess I'll see you

Iater then. At the pictures?


Go on, Willie.

You run to your mum.

About time. Where you been?


Lord, we thank you

for all the gifts you give us.

Special prayers goes out to that

sinner cousin of mine, Johnny.

Please, Lord, help him

to stop drinking his life away

at that Roebuck Hotel.

May the Lord Jesus Christ

burn that house of sin down!

Sorry, Lord.

And please keep my son safe

while he is away in the city

and please help him, Lord,

not to be late

as it drives his mother mad.




Hey, Rosie, where's Willie?

I don't know.

He wanna sit with you.

Where is Willie?

I don't know. He's gone fishing.

Hey, Lester boy!

Ah, Willie.

Welcome back to the city.

Thank you, Father Benedictus.

Come in, fellow.

How were your holidays?

Did you catch any fish?

Ah, one or two.

Perhaps you're not

praying hard enough.

Now, Willie...

Yes, Father?

I have been inspecting

my inventory of supplies.

You weren't one of those boys

drinking the altar wine last year,

were you, Willie?

No, Father.

Good. Good.

Because this year you are a prefect.

And as head student

you must set an example.

Yes, Father.

Mmm. I have great faith

in you, Willie.

Yes, Father.

How is your lovely mutter?

Good, Father.

She has high hopes in you.

You can become a very

successful individual, Willie.

You too can become close to God.

I can see it!

Willie, you can go forth

and help your Aborigine people.

They are crying in the wilderness.

You have so much to give the world.

So, my little friend, if you

knuckle down to some serious study

and pray hard -

not for me but for you -

you can become like me!

Oh, ja! Ja!


Hey, Willie!

Where'd Willie go?



Here, catch!


I've got something for you too.

What, like a present...?

Honour thy father

and thy mother

that thy days may be long

upon the lands

which the Lord giveth thee.

Thou shall not kill.

Thou shall not...adultery.

Thou shall not steal.

Thou shall not bear false witness

against thy name

or covet thy neighbour's wife

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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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