Posted by scarlsson at 09:39, December 12 2012. The Chauvels’ career took a totally different direction with their last venture, “Australian Walkabout”. Before leaving London, after post-production work on “Jedda”, the BBC had interviewed Charles and Elsa on television, with excerpts from the film. They had a huge public response to the interview, with viewers
Posted by scarlsson at 10:00, September 14 2012. The settings for JEDDA were eclectically-chosen from many beautiful parts of the Northern Territory, from The Centre to Mataranka, the Roper River, Beswick, Kakadu and Marrakai. Two key locations were Katherine Gorge and Ormiston Gorge, both extremely difficult to reach in the fifties, long before organised tourism.
Posted by scarlsson at 10:00, June 28 2012. We’re in Queensland! No other town in Australia has featured as much in Charles Chauvel’s films as Canungra. The little town tucked into the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, in the Gold Coast hinterland, was the location for scenes in his 1935 film “Heritage”, his second
Posted by scarlsson at 10:00, April 24 2012. Currans Hill today is deemed a suburb of Camden. In 1942 it was a bare hill surrounded by farmland. Chauvel found it the perfect location for his ‘town’ of Tobruk, a portion of which was reconstructed on the hill according to official war photographs. Excerpt from biography:
Posted by scarlsson at 10:00, February 8 2012. What a difference between Kurnell today and the sweeping sand dune country that we saw in 1938. The sandhills of north Cronulla/Kurnell stretched for about 250 miles and provided a convincing stand-in for the Sinai Desert. The ravages of sand-mining and landfill operations, 4WD driving and horse
Posted by scarlsson at 10:00, December 5 2011. Sydneysiders: Do you recognise the same beach in the second photo? It depicts a key scene in Charles Chauvel’s award-winning 1935 film “Heritage”. The peaceful, uninhabited cove at Great Mackarel Beach was used to depict the first settlement at Sydney Cove in the early days of the colony.