Curator's Cut: Jedda

Wednesday, 22 January, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Event Details

  • Date
    Wednesday, 22 January, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Location
    Northern Territory Library
  • Cost
Man carrying a woman

It's been 65 years since the world premiere of Jedda which took place at Darwin's Star Theatre in 1955. Relive the classic Australian cinematic piece directed by the legendary Australian Charles Chauvel.

A tragic Aboriginal love story, the film tells the story of Jedda, a young woman (played by Arrernte and Amatjerre elder Rosalie Kunoth-Monks) raised by a white couple. Torn between her foster family and local Aboriginal groups, Jedda becomes the focus of Marbuck, a young ‘traditional’ man played by Tiwi mechanic Bobby (Robert Tudawali) Wilson. Jedda and Marbuck elope together and are chased through the floodplains and gorges of the Northern Territory before coming to a tragic end.

Inspired by the dramatic life of the Murrinh-Patha warrior Nemarluk, Jedda was Australia’s first feature to be filmed in colour, the first to star Indigenous leads, and was largely shot in Nitmiluk Gorge near Katherine. 

This film screening is part of the Northern Territory Library’s Curator’s Cut film series, screening rare films from the Library collection.

2019/2020 Curator's Cut Program
18 Sept 19Dirt Cheap (part of the Darwin International Film Festival)
16 Oct 19The Overlanders
20 Nov 19Not to Lose You, My Language
22 Jan 20Jedda
19 Feb 20Aeroplane Dance
18 Mar 20We of the Never Never

Photo: On the Set of Jedda, 1954 State Library of Queensland, Charles and Elsa Chauvel Collection