Bran Nue Dae | 2009

Directed by: Rachel Perkins

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Main Plot

An Aboriginal student on the west coast of Australia in the late '60s runs away from a Catholic boarding school with his cruel headmaster in hot pursuit, meeting eccentric characters along the journey back to his home town.


  • Rocky McKenzie plays the protagonist, Willie, in Bran Nue Dae, a young Indigenous Australian man searching for his identity. Rocky McKenzie
  • Jessica Mauboy plays the character of Rosie in Bran Nue Dae, a free-spirited young woman who joins the main character on his journey. Jessica Mauboy
  • Ernie Dingo's character, Tadpole, is a wise and supportive mentor figure to the main character, Willie, in Bran Nue Dae. Ernie Dingo

Ending Explained

In the ending of "Bran Nue Dae," directed by Rachel Perkins, Willie returns to Broome and reunites with his love interest Rosie. They reconcile their relationship and decide to start anew. Meanwhile, Father Benedictus, who had been pursuing Willie, falls into the ocean while chasing after him. The film ends with Willie, Rosie, and their friends celebrating their freedom and happiness on the beach, symbolizing a triumph over adversity and embracing their cultural identity.

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Rachel Perkins Rocky McKenzie Jessica Mauboy Ernie Dingo