Item #CL206-51 [Australian Filmmaker Charles Chauvel During Filming Of “Uncivilised”]
[Australian Filmmaker Charles Chauvel During Filming Of “Uncivilised”]
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[Australian Filmmaker Charles Chauvel During Filming Of “Uncivilised”]

1937. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, annotated in ink and dated in pencil verso, 19.1 x 24cm. Handling crinkles, slight soiling, minor creases with cracking or surface loss to margins, slight paper loss verso.

Annotation reads “Charles Chauvel and production crew – after burning down the native village in Uncivilised, 1937. Jack Percival and Elsa Chauvel in background. Cameraman – Tasman Higgins.” An unnamed Indigenous actor is sitting in the background in a bush setting.

Uncivilised is a 1936 Australian film directed by Charles Chauvel. “It was an attempt by Chauvel to make a more obviously commercial film and was clearly influenced by Tarzan.” Chauvel stated the film would concern a “white man who grows up among the natives in Northern Queensland.” In October 1935, Chauvel “commenced location filming on Palm Island…with the use of Aboriginal actors strictly controlled by the Aboriginal Control Board.”

Charles Edward Chauvel (1897–1959) was an Australian filmmaker, producer and screenwriter and nephew of Australian army General Sir Harry Chauvel. He is noted for writing and directing the films Forty Thousand Horsemen in 1940 and Jedda. in 1955. His wife, Elsa Chauvel (1898–1983), was a frequent collaborator on his filmmaking projects. Ref: Wiki.

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