Oscar Winner Geoffrey Rush will star in a film version of the Aboriginal musical ”Bran Nue Dae”, according to The Australian.
The touring musical told the story of a young boy’s flight from mission school back to his remote Kimberley community.
I remember going to see the musical in Melbourne – the Arts Centre, I believe – as part of a high school drama class one year. I recall it being quite amusing… and surprisingly suggestive.
The film will also feature Ernie Dingo (â€œCrocodile Dundee IIâ€) as the wily Uncle Tadpole, a character he was also played in the stage version, and musician Missy Higgins in her acting debut.
Rush said he had just come from shooting a Korean-Western film called â€˜â€™Laundry Warriorâ€™â€™ in Auckland.
â€œAnd now itâ€™s a black musical in Broome. I guess Iâ€™m going through my whacko cross-cultural phase,â€ he said.