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27 February 1957 (USA) See more »
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It was DEATH for him to look on this Girl ! See more »
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1 nomination See more »
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A fascinating story leaves vivid memories over 45 years later. See more (6 total) »

Cast

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Ngarla Kunoth ... Jedda
Robert Tudawali ... Marbuck
Betty Suttor ... Sarah McMann
Paul Reynall ... Joe
George Simpson-Lyttle ... Douglas McMann
Tas Fitzer ... Peter Wallis
Wason Byers ... Felix Romeo
Willie Farrar ... Little Joe
Margaret Dingle ... Little Jedda
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Directed by
Charles Chauvel 
 
Writing credits
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Charles Chauvel 
Elsa Chauvel 

Produced by
Charles Chauvel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Isador Goodman 
 
Cinematography by
Carl Kayser 
 
Film Editing by
Pam Bosworth 
Alex Ezard 
Jack Gardiner 
 
Sound Department
Arthur Browne .... sound
Peter Davies .... dubbing mixer
 

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Also Known As:
"Jedda" - Australia (original title)
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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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Continuity: 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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Referenced in Australia (2008)See more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A fascinating story leaves vivid memories over 45 years later., 3 August 2002
Author: mandy-1 from California

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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