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Director:
Writers:
Charles Chauvel (screenplay) &
Elsa Chauvel (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 February 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It was DEATH for him to look on this Girl ! See more »
Plot:
Set against the harsh natural surrounds of outback Northern Territory, Jedda captures a rare and honest... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Strong 1956 Colour epic from Australia See more (7 total) »

Cast

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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margaret Dingle ... Little Jedda (uncredited)
Nosepeg ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chauvel 
 
Writing credits
Charles Chauvel (screenplay by) &
Elsa Chauvel (screenplay by)

Produced by
Charles Chauvel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Isador Goodman (composer) (as Isadore Goodman)
 
Cinematography by
Carl Kayser (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pam Bosworth 
Alex Ezard 
Jack Gardiner 
 
Art Direction by
Ronald McDonald 
 
Production Management
Harry Closter .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Pike .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Arthur Browne .... sound
Elsa Chauvel .... dialogue director
Adolphus Elkin .... recording: special aboriginal music (as Professor Elkin)
Peter Davies .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Porter .... special photography
 
Other crew
Bill Harney .... researcher
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jedda" - Australia (original title)
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Runtime:
101 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Gevacolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Filming Locations:

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Trivia:
There are several words or terms associated with Aboriginals used in the film - lubra (meaning woman or girl), coroboree (ceremony), didgeridoo (a musical instrument), walkabout (short period of nomadic bushlife undertaken by Aboriginals) and piccaninny (baby or child).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The rips in Jedda's shirt vary in the scenes after she and Marbuk are discovered near the waterhole.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Tudawali (1988) (TV)See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Strong 1956 Colour epic from Australia, 28 March 2005
Author: ptb-8 from Australia

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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