Umbrella Entertainment is restoring Australian classic Jedda plus Angel Baby and Burke & Wills for re-issue in HD on DVD and VOD platforms as part of an ongoing preservation program. Also working with producer Jane Scott and distributor Andrew Pike on an HD version of Scott Hicks’ Shine, and with Scott on Goodbye Paradise.
Shot in 1955, Jedda was the last film from Australian filmmaker Charles Chauvel, who died four years later. The first Australian feature made in colour, it starred Indigenous actors Robert Tudawali and Ngarla Kunoth in the saga of an Aboriginal woman who is raised as a European after her mother dies during childbirth and becomes fascinated by a tall stranger, a tribal Aboriginal from the bush.
Michael Rymer’s Angel Baby (1995) is a love story of two people with schizophrenia with a cast headed by John Lynch, Jacqueline McKenzie and Colin Friels.
Graeme Clifford’s Burke & Wills (1985) starred Jack Thompson as Robert O’Hara Burke, the explorer who in 1860 vowed to become the first man to cross the Australian continent.
Shine (1996) was released on Blu-ray some years ago but will be available on HD for the first time next month, featuring interviews with Geoffrey Rush, Hicks, Scott and composer David Hirschfelder.
Carl Schultz’s Goodbye Paradise starred Ray Barrett as a disgraced former cop who sets out to find a missing girl, the daughter of a senior politician, and plunges into the Gold Coast’s nightmarish world of corruption, sex, violence, cult religion and dirty politics
As part of its restoration program which covers around 200 titles, Umbrella plans to release on one DVD two musical films produced by Peter Clifton, one on The Easybeats’ tour of England in 1967, the other looking at a concert by The Rolling Stones at Sydney Showground in 1966, hosted by DJ Ward ‘’Pally’’ Austin.