New Release: Brand New Day Blu-ray and DVD

Release Date: Sept. 13, 2011
DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Brand New Day movie scene

Geoffrey Rush (l.) makes some startling revelations to Tom Budge (ctr.) in Brand New Day.

Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech) leads a young cast in Brand New Day, a 2009 musical romantic comedy from Australia centering on the adventures of a young couple on the beautiful “Down Under” landscape.

The movie is set in 1969 and follows Aboriginal teenager Willie (Rocky McKenzie) as he runs away from boarding school back to his home town of Broome to reunite with his girlfriend Rosie (Jessica Mauboy). During his journey, he encounters ‘Uncle’ Tadpole (Ernie Dingo), a benevolent but crazy drunkard, and a couple of traveling hippies as he maneuvers across country trying to outrun his boarding school’s headmaster Father Benedictus (Rush), who’s closing in on him. As Willie gets closer to home, friendship, family and love become the order of the day.

Directed by Rachel Perkins (One Night the Moon), Brand New Day is an adaptation of the 1990 Australian musical theater production Bran Nue Dae. The movie played film festivals around the world in 2009 and 2010 (including Sundance) and received a limited run in U.S. theaters last year, where it grossed $110,000.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.