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This heartfelt musical comes with the aid of Screen Australia. It is set in 1968 where we meet a young Aboriginal boy named Willy, whose burgeoning hormones are pulling him towards his sweetheart Rosie, but his born again Christian mum is pushing him towards Priesthood and the avoidance of all sinful thoughts, let alone sinful deeds. So instead of being able to enjoy the laid back and mellow pearl fishing coastal town of Broome, he is packed off to Missionary school for some not so `happy clappy' ecumenical teachings.

Once back in the clutches of Father Benedictus (played brilliantly in a pantomime stylie by Geoffrey Rush), his life takes a turn for the miserable almost straight away. Then he makes the decision to stand up for his rights. This means that, despite performing a cracking tune with the refrain `There's nothing I would rather be, than to be an aborigine', he has to do a runner. This is the start of a road trip which will involves tramps, hippies and more adventures than you can shake a stick at.

I am not big on musicals, but this one is really funny, has real charm and some brilliantly over the top performances. The fab named Ernie Dingo (`Crocodile Dundee II') playing Uncle Tadpole is a case in point. Some of the acting is a bit third rate rep but because of the passion that jumps off the screen you really won't be too bothered.

This is just a load of fun, check out the treatment given to Tammy Wynette's `Stand by Your Man', just magical. So with a mix of original tunes and some well known numbers, the obligatory dance routines and black and white good and bad with some extra marital sex and a huge dose of fun thrown in - this all adds up to a really cracking little film. It put a smile on my face so I can only recommend.
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You may love "Mamma Mia" or Australian Outback musicals for that matter - but watching "Brand New Day" on the new fangled format of BLU RAY is going to be a problem for UK and European film fans.

Unfortunately as of March 2014 - this American-Only 20th Century Fox BLU RAY is REGION A LOCKED - so it will not play on the vast majority of our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which most aren't).

Until such times as someone on this side of the pond sees fit to release this quirky little gem - it's wait and see...
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on 16 June 2011
I saw this film on my last trip to Australia, It was the best musical i have seen in a long time !Its an Aboriginal road trip film with RUSH singing ! An OUTSTANDING film. Just took its time comming over here, been waiting over a year .
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on 29 August 2011
This road movie in Western Australia is great, suprising, musical, good-lookin' fun. There's nothing I would rather be than to be an Aborigine....!
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on 28 July 2011
one of those old fashioned feelgood films that makes you want to boo, hiss, cheer, clap and tap your feet. subtle message that we all belong together regardless of religion and colour etc. great tongue in cheek lyrics, lines and stereotyped characters
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on 9 May 2013
I bought this because I am a fan of Missy Higgins and I like to keep up with new things she does. All the songs were great, but it's very cheesy and feel good. It has taken a while to be available in the UK but I'm glad it finally is! (:
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on 19 June 2014
A strange, but endearing, Aussie musical which, like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, is as much an insight into life in the outback as it is a comedy.
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on 17 April 2012
The movie depicts the struggle of the Aborigines of Australia against the "white order'" and the Church's way of structuring our society. But to err is human. The story is a voice for tolerance, understanding and hope. We're all aborigines at some point. Not a movie for fundamentalists, rednecks and people who are unable laugh at themselves and the comedy that is our world. The musical parts could have been better - a bit amateurish and cliche, but actors' performance is great, Jeoffrey is brilliant as usual. Very nice views and shots of Western Australia. Missy Higgins is also very enjoyable to watch and listen to.
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on 28 March 2012
We saw this first in Australia and needed to see it again. A thoughtful story of a wrongly accused Aboriginal boy who runs away from his school and meets a disparate bunch of people all apparently trying find Broom. The film becomes more and more fun until they all make a great discovery - they are all Aborigines in someways. This leads to a joyful finale song ' There's nothing I would rather be, than an Aborigine'

Graet stuff..
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on 25 September 2015
Prompt delivery and very good value
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