Jedda- The Uncivilised

Neill Overton

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    A book review for Fusion #4 edition, online CSU art journal, published in August 2014. The book review critiqued the film history on Jedda by Jane Mills, Associate Professor at the Journalism & Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. The review argues new research positions towards indigenous cultural representations in Australian film and literature, and changes in that representation since the 1950s.The Australian film Jedda (1955) from the director Charles Chauvel, was reviewed in terms of engaging its views on Aboriginality and cultural displacement.fusion is an international, online scholarly journal for the communication, creative industries and media arts disciplines. Co-founded by the Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University (Australia) and the College of Arts, University of Lincoln (UK), fusion publishes refereed articles, creative works and other practice-led forms of output.Entitled: Jedda - the Uncivilised. The review is an expansive 4,000 word critique on Australian film history. The film Jedda - the Uncivilised, by seminal director Charles Chauvel introduced themes of miscegenation; of inter-racial lust in a young Aboriginal girl. It initiates still contentious discourse to interrogate the relationship between cinema and geography, and apply a re-evaluation of what it is Jedda now conveys about Aboriginality.The review negotiates the ambivalence of the politics of the director Charles Chauvel, and the competing strategies towards the indigenous inhabitants of separatism and assimilationist viewpoints from 1955 - and debates the then-prevalent European view to civilise the Aboriginality out of first Australians. Located at: Fusion journal - Jedda - the Uncivilised
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-6
    Number of pages6
    JournalFusion Journal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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