He didn’t pick up the guitar until he left university, but soon began writing songs inspired by the eclectic mix of music he’d heard in Broome from childhood: Malaysian, Indonesian, Torres Strait, Chinese (opera), Japanese, Aboriginal (myths, dance and kaba kaba songs), Irish (Catholic hymns and Latin mass), gospel and songs about pearling and the sea. Bran Nue Dae, by Jimmy Chi and the Kuckles band has become the most popular indigenous drama of all time. Others regretted the film’s snipping away at the original musical and Chi’s visionary approach. Some truths remain hidden; others are gradually disclosed in the Aboriginal manner of elders imparting knowledge to those in relationships of trust who show application and effort to understand. "Anyone who ever came into contact with [Mr Albert], on his tours, his storytelling, will have a big sense of loss and sadness.". He speaks with the director of The Making of Bran Nue Dae, Tom Zubrycki, of ‘raising awareness through music you’re exposed to in the performance, this other spiritual dimension in the play… Bran Nue Dae is a healing process.’ In his interview with Murdoch, Jimmy describes his childhood as ‘a time of wonder’ immersed in the cultural variety of Broome, being himself of Nyul Nyul, Japanese, Chinese and Scottish descent. The four decide to leave the misery and cold of Perth and go back to the Kimberley. We do the hard work so you can do the easy listening. As Willie gradually lightens up with Uncle Tadpole’s clowning and jokes, he learns important lessons about humour, his Aboriginal identity and how to stand up and protect himself. Stay up to date with the latest, news, articles and special offers from Griffith Review. Jennie Punter of Toronto’s the Globe and Mail noted that the film was a ‘genuine crowd-pleaser at last year's Toronto International Film Festival’, but also mentioned that ‘the original stage production…contained twice as many songs as the movie; not having seen the musical, I wonder whether the trim sapped some of its socio-political oomph.’ I want to add to this conversation my thoughts about enjoying the film’s infectious music and laughter, and some insights from my long, personal association with the stage play, in order to add a new dimension to the appreciation and understanding of both. "I had all these Japanese uncles, so like when I had a birthday, I didn't get one present — I got about eight or nine presents.". Chi’s musical is ‘semi-autobiographical’; Willie’s experiences are based on Jimmy’s own time of purgatory from age twelve, when he was sent to board at the Pallottine Training Centre in Perth with other Broome boys who showed academic promise, and attended Clontarf and then Aquinas College as a day student. All of Jimmy’s friends feature somewhere in the production. THE 2010 FILM adaptation of Bran Nue Dae was a risky venture for Rachel Perkins, despite her being a major Aboriginal filmmaker. Musicologist Karl Neuenfeldt said the Broome Beats' ability to move across cultures, languages and music styles established a foundation for a unique fusion of what would shape Broome's identity. The theme recurs in Jimmy Chi’s musical Corrugation Road (1996). Aboriginal humour, Broome style, is vital to the magic of Bran Nue Dae. Bran Nue Dae is aimed at people from an indigenous background and young adults of any nationality, as the film deals with issues pertaining to both of these socioeconomic groups. Willie ends up running away from school and finds himself lost and alone in Perth. Back in Broome, Willie’s new learning is soon put to the test as he sets out to regain Rosie and to appease his mother. There, Father Benedictus continues the campaign for Willie to join the priesthood; however, his appalling German accent and cruel disciplinary methods alienate Willie, who dreams of going home to Broome and Rosie. Some were Germans and the accent and disciplinary tactics of one in particular, Father Luemens, became the inspiration for Father Benedictus.