They end up in Port Hedland where he meets flirty Roxanne , who takes him to the 'condom tree' and offers to 'show him a good time', but her boyfriend turns up and a fight ensues. Chooky Dancer's Manager Rest of cast listed alphabetically:. Willie talks to his friends, in a fake german accent, clearly mocking Benedictus. Witness to Van Accident uncredited. The film will be among the lineup of out-of-competition films to be screened at the in 2010. The Cherry Ripes and coke are present in the scene while Willie is mocking Benedictus.
The travellers drive north, stopping at a where Willie meets the tarty 'Roadhouse Betty'. They want to be seriously entertained. The Church has power over the Aboriginals. This, too, is reflected in the confusion of identities in Bran Nue Dae and the quest for healing and wholeness. They are released next morning, and drive on to Broome, where they go to the bar where Rosie is performing. There, Father Benedictus continues the campaign for Willie to join the priesthood; however, his appalling German accent and cruel disciplinary methods alienate Willie, who dreams of going home to Broome and Rosie.
Willie tries to win her back, but ends up in a fight with Lester, only to be disrupted by a church , which invites everyone to the beach to testify. All tracks written by , , and. He saw the opera Carmen, and watched My Fair Lady and West Side Story at the Broome Sun Theatre. However his mother Theresa has great hopes for him and she insists he return to the religious mission in Perth for further schooling. The surprise appearance of the Arnhem Land YouTube sensation, the Chooky Dancers, drew loud cheers from the audience each time I saw the film. The role was offered to Rush by director Perkins. Woven through the narrative of Bran Nue Dae are these reflections on what white society offers to Aboriginal people — how it is often harmful, and how strength and healing come from within Aboriginal culture, family and connection to country.
One of the first times Chi uses humour in the play is when the kids meet Benedictus. Advertisement Willie's pious mother is determined to see her son win respect and get a good job as a priest. Listen to the News Dancer. Some mentioned a jumble of genres, occasional poor scripting and young and inexperienced lead actors. I know it well; I spent time with Jimmy Chi and his partner, Glennys Allen, in Broome in the mid-1980s when he was working on the songs and the concept.
Roebuck Hotel Dancer as Peggy Missi. The mocking of Benedictus is used as a humourous way to dampen the message. Speeding down the road behind them is Father Benedictus in his pristine white Mercedes. He spends the night on the streets of Perth before meeting up with 'Uncle' Tadpole , who offers to help him get home. Pastor Flakkon as Stephen Baamba Albert. While Willie prevaricates, Rosie succumbs to the charms of the spunky new singer at the Roebuck Hotel on the night before Willie is to catch the bus back to boarding school in Perth.
Review aggregator website reports that 56% of critics have given the film a positive review, based on 61 reviews with an average score of 5. When the play was showing in Perth, Jimmy and Glennys stayed with me in Fremantle. Title Performer s Length 1. Dingo played the role of Tadpole in the original production of the stage play Bran Nue Dae in 1989. Thousands of Australians of all ages and backgrounds were introduced to this vital Aboriginal musical. Summary: It is the summer of 1969 and young Willie is filled with an idyllic life in his hometown port of Broome, in the North of Western Australia. Stephen is also one of the cast members from the original 1989 stage production of Bran Nue Dae.
It also marked a major creative shift from her previous dark and challenging works, One Night the Moon 2001 and First Australians 2008. Listen to the News Dancer. . This is Higgins' acting debut. The cast is scattered with A-listers and exciting new talent, and songs are performed by the likes of Missy Higgins, Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan and Ernie Dingo. She was tinkering with the much loved and awarded original stage musical by Broome musician Jimmy Chi, which revolutionised Australian theatre in the 1990s.
I think Chi has done a good job in mixing subtle ideas with the script of the play, being able to keep the setting of the play happy, even though he is discussing very sensitive subjects. I saw the stage production several times there and later in Brisbane, and each time leapt to my feet for the standing ovation. The mocking of Benedictus is a catalyst to a much more undesireable idea. Willie yearns for home and Rosie, and runs away, finds a hobo camp and is befriended by Uncle Tadpole , who claims to be a relative but forgets about that in the morning. One night, he and several others steal food from the college kitchen but are caught. Rosie can't resist a chance at a microphone, and magically becomes the center of the movie's first dance number. And it takes the mickey out of ourselves as well, you know, makes sure we all stay down to earth.