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In the Wake of the Bounty

bounty1In the Wake of the Bounty (Charles Chauvel, 1933) wr. Charles Chauvel, dp Tasman Higgins, sound Arthur Smith, Clive Cross; Arthur Greenaway (narrator), Mayne Lynton (Bligh); Errol Flynn (Fletcher Christian); dramatised history, filmed Tahiti and Pitcairn; debut of Errol Flynn (right, right), in the fictionalised part of the movie, as Fletcher Christian; he will later be a big star in HW

Chauvel's first talkie was a boldly devised entertainment merging documentary footage and dramatic historical reconstruction. The film re-enacts the mutiny led by Fletcher Christian in 1789 against the master of the Bounty, William Bligh, and depicts the fate of the mutineers on Tahiti bounty2and remote Pitcairn Island. At the same time it provides a unique and spectacular record of the life of the isolated community on Pitcairn in 1932, where most of the inhabitants are descendants of the Bounty mutineers. ... The cast included the young Errol Flynn, but his expressionless performance gave little indication of his future flair for playing romantic adventurers. Pike & Cooper: 161.

References and Links

Carlsson, Susanne Chauvel 1989, Charles and Elsa Chauvel: Movie Pioneers, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia; Foreword by Ken G. Hall, Introduction by Michael Pate.

Pike, Andrew & Ross Cooper 1998, Australian Film 1900-1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, revised edition, Oxford University Press, Melbourne.


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