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Australian Musical "Bran Nue Dae" Locks U.S. Distribution

A scene from Rachel Perkins and Reg Cribb's "Bran Nue Dae." Image courtesy of Freestyle Releasing.

Rachel Perkins and Reg Cribb's musical romp "Bran Nue Dae" has a deal with Freestyle Releasing for US theatrical distribution, it was announced today. Freestyle plans a select theater release for the film this September, followed by a nationwide rollout.

Starring Geoffrey Rush, the musical is based on an Australian stage musical of the same name, and centers around the romantic adventures of a young Aboriginal couple. The film has already met box office success in its native Australia, and made its U.S. premiere this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

"Based on "Bran Nue Dae"'s strong box-office showing in the Australian marketplace, its uniquely charming subject matter and engaging musical score, we believe that "Bran Nue Day" will find an enthusiastic audience in the US marketplace," said Christopher Mapp, the film's executive producer. "Working with the experienced Freestyle Releasing team, we are hoping it could, in fact, achieve that rare honor of becoming a small, independent, breakout box-office hit."

On board to work on the release are Cinemarket's Peter D. Graves, in conjunction with Steven Raphael’s Required Viewing.

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