(1987 Telefilm/Umbrella Entertainment/PAL Region Free/Zero/0/DVD Import)
C Sound: C Extras: B-
NOTE: This DVD set can only be operated on machines capable of playing back
DVDs that can handle Region Zero/0/Free PAL format software and can be ordered
from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at
the end of the review.
has its racism like any other country, but slow breakthroughs have changed that
and in 1955, a big hit film called Jedda
that dealt with Aborigine life was a hit, made in color and establishing actor
Robert Tudawali as a big screen star, Australia’s first Aborigine star
actor. However, a tragic accidental
burning hurt him badly and the long-tern effects turned out to be fatal and
when the success was over, had turned to exploitive exhibition boxing. Ernie Dingo plays him in the impressive 1987
written by Alan Seymour (Roald Dahl’s
Tales Of The Unexpected) and directed nicely by Steve Jodrell, Dingo is
absolutely convincing as the man who finds himself surprised that after the
life he has led, he becomes a star and finds sudden new happiness and success
he never expected in a country with a race problem and deep denial there of. At this time, TV movies had gone in decline
worldwide, but this is solid work and that it has been out of circulation so
long is sad.
an underrated actor and you have likely seen him, even if you did not know who
he was. He is backed by a fine cast that
includes the highly successful Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell, Frank Wilson, Suzanne
Peverill and Bill McCluskey all proving once again that Australian film and TV
production is as interesting as its U.S.
X 1 image was shot on 16mm film, but this copy was finished on analog PAL
videotape, so it looks worn and soft, with flaws that include staircasing,
aliasing, some video noise, video banding, some tape scratching, tape damage
and PAL cross color, but a disclaimer warns of this before the film stars. Hope they find a film print and restore it
for HD and Blu-ray. The Dolby Digital
2.0 Mono is about a generation or so down throughout and can be distorted, but
it sounds good more often than expected.
Extras include stills, press clippings, a 27 minutes long older film of
an actual Walkabout long before the Nicolas Roeg film (reviewed elsewhere on
this site) and Oondamooroo: Profile Of
Ernie Dingo and his long, successful career.
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