Bran Nue Dae is a film that was adapted from the musical, which premiered back in 1990 at the Perth Festival. The film is set in 1969 and tells the story of a young boy called Willy, who heads to boarding school. He gets thrown out for smuggling Cherry Ripes and tries to get back to Broome, where his mother and love interest, Rosie live.
Willy has no money and no sense of direction, so he teams up with Uncle Tadpole (played by Ernie Dingo), who promises to take him back to Broome. Bran Nue Dae is the type of film that's hard to put into one genre, it's a drama, comedy and a musical all rolled into one.
Bran Nue Dae will draw you in from the very beginning. The music, the comedy and the storyline is top notch and while some Australian films can be of a questionable quality Bran Nue Dae is a film that every Australian should watch, proudly.
Bran Nue Dae's video transfer is solid, if not spectacular on occasion. The VC-1 encoded 1920x1080p image shows off some of the wonderful locations in Western Australia and Bran Nue Dae looks its best when we see some of the beautiful rivers and iconic areas of this great country in High Definition.
Having said that, the image quality can also be a bit up and down. While the movie looks sensational in some scenes, there are other times when the transfer looks overly grainy, especially during the darker scenes. The PlayStation 3 showed a bitrate that varied greatly between 17Mbps through to 37Mbps depending on the scene.
There are a few extras to be found on the Bran Nue Dae Blu-Ray disc...
The Making of Bran Nue Dae (24:17): The making of Bran Nue Dae is quite interesting and features interviews with the director, as well as some of the stars from the film. The making of feature also touches upon the movies musical roots. What makes this featurette such an excellent feature to view is that it actually mentions some of the history on aboriginal conflict.
Bran Nue Dae Making of Interviews (32:16): This featurette goes for 32 minutes and contains interviews with several members of the cast from the movie, such as Jessica Mauboy, Rocky McKenzie, Deborah Mailman, Ernie Dingo and several behind the scenes cast members. This featurette is only in standard definition.
Review By: Luke Van Leuveren