Australia, 1955


‘Jedda’, Charles Chauvel’s last feature film and Australia’s first in colour, is the story of a teenage Aboriginal girl who has been raised by a white woman, and finds herself drawn to Marbuck, a full-blooded Aborigine who comes to the station for work. The film falls readily into two halves. The first details Jedda’s upbringing and her emotional turmoil as to her identity, which is solved by Jedda herself, when the call of her blood leads her into the physical and psychological world of her people. The second half of the film, photographed in spectacular Central Australian locations, concentrates on the tension of the chase in which Marbuck and Jedda are pursued by the men from Jedda’s station. Cast includes Ngarla Kunoth as Jedda, Robert Tudawali as Marbuck, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall, George Simpson-Lytle, Tas Fitzer, Wason Byers, Willie Farrar, Margaret Dingle. Also available on DVD [319218].

Last on display

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Charles Chauvel

production company

Charles Chauvel Productions







ACMI Identifier


Audience classification

Mediatheque - all ages (ACMI classified)

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Attitudes

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Australia, Central

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Children

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians - Ethnic identity

Aboriginal Australia → Aboriginal Australians in motion pictures

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion pictures - Australia - History

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion pictures, Australian


Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

MOV file H264; NFSA Digital Access Copy

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