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Bran Nue Dae (1991)

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clip Raising awareness through music education content clip 1

Original classification rating: PG. This clip chosen to be G

Clip description

Musician and playwright Jimmy Chi talks about the importance of raising awareness about sexual health. The cast from the musical play Bran Nue Dae perform a light-hearted song about safe sex to get the message across.

Curator’s notes

Chi’s use of humour and song to convey important messages about sexual health and the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS is part of the reason Bran Nue Dae is so effective.

The song employs a ‘call and response’ between men and women, with the man approaching the woman for sex but the woman insisting that he uses a condom. By using both male and female singers in the song, Chi effectively gives a voice to both sexes in the audience in how to negotiate safer sexual practices. The crudeness of the lyrics diffuses an issue that many would find embarrassing, and so the safe sex message is more engaging. It’s a clever and catchy tune.

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