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Jedda the Uncivilized (1955)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks ...
Jedda (as Ngarla Kunoth)
Robert Tudawali ...
Marbuck (as Robert Tudawalli)
Betty Suttor ...
Sarah McMann
Paul Reynall ...
Joe
George Simpson-Lyttle ...
Douglas McMann
Tas Fitzer ...
Peter Wallis - Police Officer
Wason Byers ...
Felix Romeo - Boss Drover
Willie Farrar ...
Little Joe
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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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The BIGGEST Australian films ALL come from CHARLES CHAUVEL "In the Wake of the Bounty" "Heritage" "Uncivilised" "40,000 Horsemen" "The Rats of Tobruk" "Sons of Matthew" .... and now "JEDDA" - biggest of them all! See more »


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27 February 1957 (USA)  »

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Jedda is said to 'grow like Topsy'. This term comes from the book, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' by Harriet Beecher-Stowe, in which there is a character called Topsy, a little girl. See more »

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

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Featured in Tudawali (1988) See more »

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A fascinating story leaves vivid memories over 45 years later.
3 August 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

In 1955 when I was 14 years old, my mother and I emigrated to Australia. I went to 8th grade just outside Sydney -- Cremorne Girls High School. The opening of "Jedda" the first Australian color feature film was a very big deal there. In fact the opening of any film was a pretty big deal there, entailing reservations and dressing up.

In "Jedda," the title character, an aboriginal girl is brought up by a white family that adopts her. As a young woman, she is mysteriously drawn to go "Walkabout" as people of her tribe have for hundreds of years.

It must have been a good year for films. "Rock Around the Clock" heralded the dawn of rock 'n roll and "Black Board Jungle" launched the career of Sidney Poitier in a tale of urban classroom violence. "Rebel Without a Cause" came out in 1955 too. I can't remember what films I saw in any particular year before or since more vividly than these. Among those classics, the now unknown "Jedda" stands out with lasting images of a beautiful aboriginal woman, stunning countryside and the residue of an emotional wallop that keeps me thinking and wishing I could see it again over 45 years later.


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