Learning intention: To better understand thematic issues, of Bran Nue Dae and the behaviours, motivations and relationships of the characters.
1. Describe in your own words the events, actions and characters depicted in the animated sequence, the use of both on-screen and camera movement, and the general colour scheme. What might these elements be suggesting to us about the content, mood and themes for the rest of the film?
The start has an angel falling down and eventually regains its balance and starts flying above a town when it is knocked down by a bottle who someone threw, which later lands in a pond and scares the fish away.
2. Write a short character sketch of: o Willie: Shy, likes Rosie, protagonist, wants to be a priest, mothers boy, innocent, caring, honest, free o Rosie: Adventurous/risk taking, doesn’t want to get married right away, o Theresa: Religious, wants the best for Willie, Willie and Slipperys’(half) mother o Uncle Tadpole: Funny, adventurous/carefree, drunk, Willies’ uncle, smart, bad influence, Willies’ father o Lester: Sexist, interested in Rosie, antagonist (to Willie), flirt, bad influence, o Father Benedictus: main antagonist, creepy/weird, racist, strict, weird sense of humour, o Slippery: Hippies, German, respectful, Father B’s son, o Annie: Hippies, gullible, kind, racist o Pastor Flakkon: religious, aboriginal, o Roxanne: Aboriginal, funny, drunk, married,
[Some parts of the movie are choreographed (e.g. Rosie and her friends sitting down in the cinema) to add dramatic aspects-movement]
[Humour-(moment when Father B demeans Willie and aborigines) there’s nothing I would rather be-funny and meaningful; it was serious then changed to humour]
3. Write an analysis of the internalised and externalised conflicts experienced by Willie. For example, examine the conflicting desires between those of Willie and those of Theresa, and how these impact on Willie’s relationship with Rosie. Look at the emotional pressures