Rachel Perkins
Jimmy Chi, Reg Cribb, Rachel Perkins
Graeme Isaac, Robyn Kershaw
Broome, Western Australia
Other Loc.
Clontarf Aboriginal College, Waterford, Perth, Western Australia; Fremantle, Western Australia; Kununurra, Western Australia; Perth, Western Australia;
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Broome boy Willy (Rocky McKenzie) must choose between studying to become a priest or following his heart and pursuing his love for Rosie (Jessica Mauboy). Rosie, an aspiring singer, loves to hang out at the bar and is invited to join Lester (Dan Sultan) and his band. Willy, influenced by his dominating Christian mother Theresa (Ningali Lawford-Wolf) and local priest Pastor Flakkon (Stephen Baamba Albert), views the activities of the bar as sinful. Willy returns to boarding school in Perth, but runs away following an incident with head priest Father Benedictus (Geoffrey Rush). He hitches a ride home with Uncle Tadpole (Ernie Dingo) and a young hippy couple, Annie (Missy Higgins) and Slippery (Tom Budge). Along the way they meet Roadhouse Betty (Magda Szubanski), a football team (the Chooky Dancers) and Roxanne (Deborah Mailman), and are pursued mercilessly by Benedictus. On arrival in Broome, Willy challenges Lester for Rosie’s love and eventually wins her heart. Surprise family connections are then revealed, bringing everyone together. (Source: Australian Screen Online