Bran Nue Dae (say Brand New Day), an irreverent celebration of Aboriginal culture, is a slapstick identity musical that (literally) tap dances in the face of bigotry.
"There's Nothing I'd Rather Be," its showstopping number sung in the style of a 1930s music-hall ditty, boasts the lyrics: "There's nothing that I'd rather be/Than be an Aborigine/And watch you take my precious land away."
Rachel Perkins' psychedelic panorama of 1960s Australia is based on a stage musical that dates from the 1990s and borrows from gospel, Broadway, and country idioms.
Though the film seems to be cobbled together from saints-and-sinners tropes that were rusty in Victorian times, its high spirits are infectious. It dares you not to laugh. When you see a flatbed truck of Aboriginal youth dancing to the theme from Zorba the Greek, how can you not?