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Jedda the Uncivilized (1955)

Jedda (original title)
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 »

Director:

Charles Chauvel

Writers:

Charles Chauvel (screenplay by), Elsa Chauvel (screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rosalie Kunoth-Monks Rosalie Kunoth-Monks ... Jedda (as Ngarla Kunoth)
Robert Tudawali Robert Tudawali ... Marbuck (as Robert Tudawalli)
Betty Suttor Betty Suttor ... Sarah McMann
Paul Reynall Paul Reynall ... Joe
George Simpson-Lyttle George Simpson-Lyttle ... Douglas McMann
Tas Fitzer Tas Fitzer ... Peter Wallis - Police Officer
Wason Byers Wason Byers ... Felix Romeo - Boss Drover
Willie Farrar Willie Farrar ... Little Joe
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Storyline

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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- a story of EVE in EBONY ! See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jedda the Uncivilized See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Gevacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the premiere of the film, Aboriginal people were kept separate from white people, with only the two Aboriginal stars allowed to sit with the white folk. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

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

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Unconvincing dialogue
6 October 2016 | by johnlmodraSee all my reviews

Found this cinematic delight hard to watch for long because i felt the couples relationships too much of an artificial construct; lacking the sort of hard one unity that would make them adopt the child and the compromised lifestyle their child would inevitably face. The stiff painted portrait and dialogue is one of inevitable failure instead of the inevitable challenge all aboriginals and remote desert cattle growers and their families face. Dad being anything but helpful and far too theoretical and impractical to be credible as a partner friend and confidant . Instead of an ongoing tension that would characterize her growing up there is the overwhelming sense from the start that this fictional and overly unwise woman will lose the child .Doomed by a decision to cast the white woman carer as stupid- i don't find it a convincing story even though the intercultural tensions are and always would be tough .An opportunity lost?


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