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:: Spotlight :: Bran Nue Dae - Melbourne Premiere - January 2010

By: Carmine Pascuzzi; photos by Matt Deller

In the first big film event for 2010, stars turned out for the Melbourne Red Carpet Premiere of new Australian movie Bran Nue Dae. Based on Jimmy Chi's popular and historic stage play, the movie features a line-up of Indigenous talent including Ernie Dingo, Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan and Rocky McKenzie. In fact, Jessica and Dan performed a few musical numbers at the Premiere to the many people gathered at the Village Jam Factory cinemas in South Yarra.

Other cast members in attendance were Missy Higgins, Tom Budge, Magda Szubanski, and Geoffrey Rush. Director Rachel Perkins attended and, when I chatted to her, was happy with how the film was received. “It has been a while in the making but it's very satisfying and I had wonderful people to work with.”

Jessica Mauboy & Dan Sultan perform at the Premiere
Jessica Mauboy Tom Budge
Geoffrey Rush
Jessica Mauboy & Missy Higgins
Missy Higgins and Dan Sultan with a young fan Missy Higgins
Rocky McKenzie & Missy Higgins
Missy Higgins and fans
several of the cast members
Miss World Victoria Mietta Gornall
Wayne Carey (left) and friend