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  • Wed 12 Jul ’17, 7:00pm – 8:30pm


Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Concession: $8.00

A mixture of anthropological paternalism and old fashioned matinee adventure melodrama, Charles Chauvel's film was the first in Australian cinema to actually have Aborigines play Aborigines - Jedda and Marbuck, are played by Ngarla (Rosalie) Kunoth and Robert Tudawali. In its commitment to authenticity, it also featured Arunte dialect although, Joe the head drover, played by Paul Reynall, who also provides the voice-over narration, speaks the 'proper BBC' English.
At a time when Australian cinemas were almost entirely screening Hollywood product Jedda was a bold benchmark production, an attempt to realise that oft-trumpeted aspiration of "telling our own stories". It was an international success and the first Australian film to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

This screening is part of the Film in the Colony Symposium hosted by the Centre for Research on Colonial Culture, University of Otago, and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. Find out more at https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/crocc/film-in-the-colony-symposium/. This screening is free if you are registered for the Film & the Colony Symposium.

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