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Release Date:
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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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Strong 1956 Colour epic from Australia See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks ... Jedda (as Ngarla Kunoth)
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
(in alphabetical order)
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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Runtime:
101 min
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Color:
Color (Gevacolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Most scenes were filmed in the Northern Territory which has distinctive red deserts. The last roll of film was destroyed in a plane crash on its way to England for processing. The missing scenes were re-shot in the Blue Mountains, just outside Sydney, and the print artificially "warmed" to make it look more red.See more »
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Continuity: The rips in Jedda's shirt vary in the scenes after she and Marbuk are discovered near the waterhole.See more »
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Referenced in Australia (2008)See more »

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4 out of 4 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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