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Bran Nue Dae (1991)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Bran Nue Dae

Tom Zubrycki | Australia | 1991 | PG


Wed 4 Dec 2024

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Almost 20 years before Rachel Perkins’ feature-film version of Jimmy Chi’s extraordinary, partly autobiographical musical play, Zubrycki made this fascinating documentary following the production’s world premiere at the 1990 Perth Festival. A landmark work of Aboriginal theatre and storytelling, Chi’s Broome-set musical is seen in performance and rehearsal, combining the techniques of observational documentary, interviews with the author that recount his fraught upbringing, footage of collaborators such as the band Kuckles, and archival material.

16mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Tom Zubrycki
Runtime: 55 mins

Event duration

55 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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