Chauvel honoured with screening at State Library

State Librarian Janette Wright congratulated Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame for inducting Australian film icon Charles Chauvel.

To honour Chauvel, State Library of Queensland will hold a screening of his influential film, Jedda, on Tuesday 20 August at 7pm.

Jedda (1955), filmed in central Australia, tells the story of Aboriginal teenage girl Jedda who is raised by a white squatter family and desperately wants to learn about her Aboriginal culture.
This notable film holds many firsts in the Australian film industry – first full colour Australian film, first Australian film to be screened at Cannes Film Festival, and the first Australian film to star two Indigenous Australian actors.

The screening at State Library, hosted by Chauvel scholar and QUT Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham, will give people the rare opportunity to see Jedda on the big screen and to learn more about Charles Chauvel.

Known for his ground-breaking film techniques, Darling Downs film-maker Charles Chauvel (1897 – 1959), was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame last night in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the Queensland and Australian film industry, along with his determination as a businessman.

Ms Wright said, “Chauvel contributed significantly to Queensland, discovering well-known talents such as Errol Flynn and comedian Chips Rafferty, while shooting Australia’s first colour film at a time when there were no processing facilities available.
Remembering, recognising and re-telling the stories of our state’s leaders, past and present, ensures we are co-creating Queensland’s memory for future generations.
The screening of Jedda at State Library allows people the opportunity to view this iconic movie, and learn more about one of our state’s memorable leaders.
Chauvel’s films are an important part of Australia’s history and State Library is dedicated to embracing and sharing Queensland’s contribution to Australia’s story.”

The Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame was established in 2009 by State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Library Foundation and QUT Business School to recognise and celebrate Queensland’s business leaders. The Hall of Fame is part of the John Oxley Library at State Library of Queensland. Visit for the inductees’ digital stories and for more information.

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