Umbrella Entertainment launch free streaming platform ‘Brollie’ – Leading independent Australian and NZ distributor Umbrella Entertainment announced today the launch of a free Advertising on Demand platform, Brollie, from the 23rd November.
Brollie will be the first free streaming platform specialising in Australian film and TV content, giving Aussies access to Umbrella Entertainment’s unrivalled treasure trove of classic content for the first time.
Brollie will launch with over 300 titles includes gems from Australian independent cinema, such as Babadook (dir. Jennifer Kent, 2014) and Two Hands (dir. Gregor Jordan, 1999) alongside rare, cult classics like Sweat (creator John Rapsey, 1996) Erskineville Kings (dir. Alan White, 1999) with Hugh Jackman and Cut (dir. Kimble Rendall, 2000) starring Kylie Minogue.
Brollie will also have a section for Indigenous Australia, including a collection of films starring Aboriginal screen legend David Gulpilil such as Walkabout (dir. Nicolas Roeg, 1971) Storm Boy (dir. Henri Safran, 1976) and The Last Wave (dir. Peter Weir, 1977) Those craving the stories that shape our world can dive into gripping documentaries like Servant or Slave (dir. Steven McGregor, 2016) and Ablaze (dir. Alec Morgan, Tiriki Onus, 2021).
Subscribers will be invited to be part of the Brollie Film Club, where Brollie’s in-house team handpicks the best of the catalogue twice a month. Members can terrify themselves with the ‘Australian Nightmares’ collection exploring the best of Aussie horror or delve into the ‘All Out Ozploitation’ collection showcasing the best genre films from the 70s and 80s. Special features, usually confined to DVD extras, will also be available to watch with these collections, giving die-hard film aficionados a rare glimpse behind the scenes with Australian legends like Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger, Nicole Kidman and Kylie Minogue.
Ari Harrison, General Manager and Head of Sales & Acquisitions at Umbrella Entertainment said
“The Brollie catalogue is full of Australian cult classics, many of which aren’t available on other streaming platforms. We know these iconic films and TV shows can find new and old audiences instead of gathering dust on the shelf. Brollie is about helping Aussies to access this world-class storytelling easily and, most importantly, for free so everyone can enjoy our epic screen legacy.”
Brollie will also be launching a new podcast on 23rd November called Sunburnt Screens: The Australian Cinema Odyssey, hosted by pop culture and film authority Alexei Toliopoulos. Each episode, he’ll delve into insightful conversations with some of Australia’s most celebrated filmmakers such as Rolf de Heer, Gillian Armstrong, The Spierig Brothers and Natalie Erika James. Viewers will be able to access Brollie through the Apple and Google Play Store, through Apple TV, Google TV and Android TV, through Chromecast with Google TV and on browser at www.brollie.com.au
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Umbrella Entertainment launch free streaming platform ‘Brollie’
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