Jedda the Uncivilized (1955)
"Jedda" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  27 February 1957 (USA)
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Set against the harsh natural surrounds of outback Northern Territory, Jedda captures a rare and honest glimpse into the heart and history of indigenous Australia. Young Jedda is caught ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks ...
Jedda (as Ngarla Kunoth)
Robert Tudawali ...
Betty Suttor ...
Sarah McMann
Paul Reynall ...
George Simpson-Lyttle ...
Douglas McMann
Tas Fitzer ...
Peter Wallis
Wason Byers ...
Felix Romeo
Willie Farrar ...
Little Joe
Margaret Dingle ...
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Set against the harsh natural surrounds of outback Northern Territory, Jedda captures a rare and honest glimpse into the heart and history of indigenous Australia. Young Jedda is caught between two cultures forbidden from learning about her indigenous heritage and never fully accepted by the other. Written by Predator Fxxxed Alien

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(Western Electric Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Doug McCann refers to Jedda as a 'Jezebel', a reference to the Biblical queen of the same name. The term is used to denote a wicked woman who tries, through various means, to control men. See more »


The positions of the blocks and the rolling pin on the table change when Jedda makes the animal tracks in the dough. See more »


Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

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Strong 1956 Colour epic from Australia
28 March 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

JEDDA was a major cinema release in 1956 in Australia and has long been regarded as a cinema classic in this country. For international audiences now that RABBIT PROOF FENCE has found success in most countries, it is well worth seeing JEDDA as a 1956 counterpart. Filmed in Gevacolour (not Technicolor) it was the first film made in any color here. Heralded at the time for its daring depiction of the real and confronting tribal practices of ancient aboriginal Australia JEDDA still is able today to enthrall a (slightly forgiving) audience and still make you appalled at the very racist White Australia policy in force from the Government of the day. Sadly some of the acting is dated, especially in the beginning, but once Jedda is a woman and the tribal lure starts, it really becomes fascinating. The use of color in the outback expanses and the extraordinary presence of the two genuine black Aboriginal main actors allows JEDDA to become a major statement about the well-meant but misguided practices of Government policies and how they are (still) totally unsuited to such a spiritual people. The sequence where Marbuck 'sings' to Jedda, seducing her in a hypnotic sexual trap is quite startling and un nerving. The climax of the film rivals NORTH BY NORTHWEST for spectacular mountaintop drama. JEDDA would be available from SCREENSOUND Australia the Canberra Archive and interested persons could buy it on-line. It is exceptionally interesting. A near counterpart from the USA is the 1947 Indian/Chinese drama BLACK GOLD, made by Allied Artists and Directed by noir expert Phil Karlson.

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