The silent narrative you may have missed in Jedda

Kellie Dillon


Jedda, directed by Charles Chauvel and written by his wife Elsa Chauvel, was a landmark film for Australian cinema because of its groundbreaking firsts: it was the first film to cast Indigenous actors in lead roles, the first to be shot in colour, and the first Australian film to compete in the Cannes Film Festival.  Jedda is largely of Australian historical interest as it offers an insight into race relations of the 1950s, ideas of Aboriginal assimilation, and inadvertently, the Stolen Generations.

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