'Brand New Day'
(Geoffrey Rush, Rocky Mckenzie, et al / DVD / PG-13 / 2011 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: A charming music-driven road movie / romantic comedy in the tradition of Glee and Mamma Mia. Loosely based on one of Australia's most beloved and popular musicals, 'Brand New Day' is a foot stomping tour-de-force centering on the romantic adventures of a young couple set against the spectacularly beautiful Australian landscape.
DVD Verdict: The premise is that in the summer of 1969 a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port broome - fishing hanging out with his mates and his girl. However his mother returns him to the religious mission for further schooling!
After being punished for an act of youthful rebellion he runs away from the mission and the tale unfolds before us - gracefully, quirkly, and full of hearty dance routines!
Winner of multiple film festival awards including an Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival, 'Brand New Day' features a fantastic young cast of Australian actors and performers including newcomer Rocky McKenzie, pop singer and "Australian Idol" runner-up Jessica Mauboy, film and television star Ernie Dingo and up-and-coming singer/songwriter Missy Higgins. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.