Bran Nue Dae Analysis

Ernie Dingo once said, “Aboriginal achievement is like the dark side of the moon, for it is there but so little is known”.
Good evening everyone, it is my privilege today to inaugurate the Australia Day Film Festival. Ernie Dingo’s wise words express the indignation the Aborigines feel for their actions being neglected. This is perfectly highlighted in the two selected films that will assist in the grand opening of the festival. I am honoured today to introduce to you two musical-comedy films, Bran Nue Dae and The Sapphires, which share similar aspects in demonstrating the richness of Aboriginal accomplishments within the Indigenous culture. Directed by Australian film director, Rachel Perkins, Bran Nue Dae’s (2009) Willie, is an Aboriginal
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This scene from Bran Nue Dae, assembles a witty and jolly atmosphere that successfully draws in the attention of Aboriginal achievement. The lyrics of the song ‘Nothing I Would Rather Be’ is incorporated in the scene to convey a message of self-love and acceptance of their identity through musical-comedy. The cheering and whistling throughout and after the song indicates a celebration of Willie’s success in following what he thinks is right for him. Additionally, the background musical score was synchronised with the scene to amplify the tension and triumph of Willie. As Willie leaves his boarding school the sound of church bells and birds chirping indicates the start of his escape into the unknown, Perth. Willie’s vigorous footsteps and panting suggests his desperation to leave for a long time, and now running as fast as he can to leave. The non-diegetic sound of water flowing is relaxing which implies his success in finding his freedom; to escape and return back to Broome. At the end of the day, Willie approaches a group of Aboriginal men who surrounds a campfire under a bridge. The protagonist is then introduced to Uncle Tadpole who is usually portrayed as someone cheerful and optimistic. The very faint background music helps the mood of the scene as calm and relaxing. Similarly, The Sapphires relies on both diegetic and non-diegetic sound. This scene is fluid in determination and desperation. The act of the piano in the background was embedded to set a rich and grand mood. The lead singer in this scene, Julie, performs strongly and confidently which showcases Aboriginal talent and capability. Their confidence in singing exploits their passion and what they have to offer to entertain the American troops and the public, who seems to reject their performances because they are Aborigines. This scene is successful in representing the idea of Aboriginal

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