Bran Nue Dae. 2010. Australia. Directed by Rachel Perkins (Arrernte/Kalkadoon Nations). 85 min.
With Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Geoffrey Rush. It’s the summer of 1969, and with his evangelical mother pointing him toward the priesthood, earnest young Willie attends a Catholic boarding school in Perth. In an act of rebellion against the strict rules, Willie runs away to his homeland (with Father Benedictus in hot pursuit), acquiring traveling companions along the way. Adapted from Jimmy Chi’s popular stage musical, the film was a big hit in Australia.