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DIRECTOR: Charles ChauvelAustralia : 1955 : 85MINS : G
MERCURY CINEMA, 11:30AM, SATURDAY 5 MARCH
(No bookings required. To ensure admission please arrive early.)
Jedda shot Rosalie Kunoth-Monks to fame within Australia as the tragic heroine of Charles and Elsa Chauvel’s film. In hindsight, it is ironic that Jedda has become the quintessential film about the politics of the Stolen Generations as it stages an elaborate debate on misguided attempts to forcibly raise Aboriginal children within European culture, at the cost of denying their heritage. Jedda has influenced numerous contemporary artists and film-makers, such as Tracey Moffatt, in her seminal film Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy (1989) and Baz Luhrmann’s epic Australia (2008). In real life Kunoth-Monks has led a diverse and courageous life since the film, which was recently revealed on Andrew Denton’s ABC TV series Elders.
ROSALIE KUNOTH-MONKS WILL INTRODUCE THE FILM.
Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak/Atlab Collection.
SCREENWRITER: Charles Chauvel, Elsa Chauvel PRODUCER: Charles Chauvel CAST: Rosalie Kunoth-Monks,Robert Tudwali,Paul Reynell CINEMATOGRAPHER: Karl Kayser FESTIVALS: Cannes DIRECTOR PROFILE: Charles Chauvel was born in Warwick, Queensland in 1897 and was one of the few Australian directors to sustain a career over five decades. His features include: The Moth of Moonbi (1926), Forty Thousand Horsemen (1940), Sons of Matthew (1949) and Jedda (1955). He died in 1959.