A "Brand New Day" Where Women Glow and Men Plunder


Can't you hear, can't you hear the thunder? In "Brand New Day", an aboriginal youth goes on the run from a fate in the seminary, and while I'm not an expert on all things Australian, it's entirely possible the road trip that ensues occurred on a hippie trail with a head full of zombie. He does meet a strange lady, granted it's Missy Higgins, and she did make him kind of nervous and at one point she does cook him breakfast. It's like the film was intentionally reenacting Men at Work's "Land Down Under". It's weird. If you're wondering, yeah, the rest of the verses also apply to film, except the third one, because the story never extends to Bombay. 2 out of 3 ain't bad, and for an independently produced musical, it's rather enjoyable.

Admit it, you're curious to see "Land Down Under" play out on the screen with Missy Higgins and Geoffrey Rush. Well okay, we've got a copy on DVD and we'll give it to you if you do two things.

This foot-stomping tour-de-force centering on the romantic adventures of a young couple set against the spectacularly beautiful Australian landscape follows Aboriginal teenager Willie, as he runs away from boarding school back to his home town of Broome to reunite with his girlfriend Rosie.  During his adventure, he encounters ‘Uncle’ Tadpole—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 is closing in on his tail.   As Willie gets closer and closer to home he learns about friendship, family, and love in a film that literally burst with unbridled energy and fun.

brand_new_Day_dvdFor a chance to win, you just have to do two things...

1) "Like" JustPressPlay on Facebook (or click "Like" on the Facebook box in the upper left-hand corner) - and a tweet wouldn't hurt. Wink.

2) Leave a comment on this article telling us who your favorite Australian is.

The contest ends on October 8th, 2011. One entry per person. Many will enter few will win. By few, we mean 1. Entry for contest must be left as a comment on this contest (article) to be counted. Winners will be notified via e-mail. If the winner does not respond with one week to claim their prize, a new winner will be chosen, or whatever.

Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.


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