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Jedda

Released 1957
Distributor Distributors Corporation of America (DCA)

About a young aboriginal girl raised by European parents, director Charles Chauvel said the inspiration for his 1955 film came from Merian C. Cooper, a producer who knew his way around the backwaters. Although popular in Australia as the first domestic movie filmed in color, Jedda did not fare well in the US or UK where the distributors cut 40 minutes and changed the title to Jedda the Uncivilized.

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.