Freestyle to distribute Geoffrey Rush musical

Australian film 'Bran Nue Dae' will start rolling out in Sept.

Freestyle Releasing will distribute the Australian musical "Bran Nue Dae," starring Geoffrey Rush, in the U.S. It will begin with a platform release in September, followed by a nationwide rollout.

Its marketing will be overseen by Cinemarket's Peter D. Graves in conjunction with specialized film veteran Steven Raphael's Required Viewing.

Based on a successful Australian stage musical, the movie, directed by Rachel Perkins, revolves around the romantic adventures of a young Aboriginal couple.

Along with Rush, it stars Jessica Mauboy (winner of the 2008 edition of "Australian Idol"), Rocky Mackenzie, Magda Szubanski and singer-songwriter Missy Higgins.

A hit at the Australian boxoffice, the indigenous musical has grossed more than $7.5 million. It had its U.S. premiere at January's Sundance Film Festival.

Financed by Omnilab Media, "Dae" was co-written by Perkins and Reg Cribb and features music by Jimmy Chi, Kuckles, Patrick Suttoo Bin Amat, Michael Manolis Mavromatis and Stephen Pigram. It was produced by Robyn Kershaw and executive produced by Omnilab managing director Christopher Mapp as well as Matthew Street and David Whealy.

Bankside Films is handling international sales.
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