Dust in the Sun

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Dust in the Sun
Directed by Lee Robinson
Produced by Chips Rafferty
Written by Lee Robinson
Joy Cavill
W.P. Lipscomb
Based on Justin Bayard by Jon Cleary
Starring Jill Adams
Ken Wayne
Robert Tudawali
Music by Wilbur Sampson
Cinematography Carl Kayser
Edited by Stanley Moore
Production
  company
Southern International Productions
Distributed by Universal (Australia)
Release date(s) October 1958 (premiere)
August 1960 (Australia)
Running time 86 mins
Country Australia
Language English
Budget ₤50,000[1]

Dust in the Sun is a 1958 Australian mystery film adapted from the novel Justin Bayard by Jon Cleary[2] and produced by the team of Lee Robinson and Chips Rafferty.

Synopsis[edit]

Justin Bayard, a Northern Territory policeman, is escorting an aboriginal warrior, Emu Foot, to Alice Springs to be tried for a tribal killing. They are attacked by some Aborigines and forced to take refuge at an isolated cattle station. Julie, the bored wife of the station owner Tad Kirkbridge, sets Emu Foot free and is later murdered. Bayard romances stockman's daughter Chris. Emu Foot is killed by aboriginals and Bayard exposes Julie's murderer.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In May 1956 Robinson and Rafferty bought the film studios at Bondi which were once owned by Cinesound Productions. It was meant to be used as a basis for their television company, Australian Television Enterprises, but it was used for this film.[3]

Casting[edit]

This was the fourth feature from Lee Robinson and Chips Rafferty but the first one in which Rafferty did not act, although he was originally meant to, with Charles Tingwell to play the second lead, a station manager.

According to Tingwell, Rafferty decided against playing the lead when Robinson wanted to increase the emphasis on the romantic subplot involving Bayard as he thought it was too old. Robinson then offered the lead to Tingwell, who claimed he was too short and wrong for the role, and he suggested Ken Wayne. Tingwell went on to act in The Shiralee (1957). Robinson was originally reluctant to work with Wayne and instead cast New Zealand actor Walter Brown.[4]

(At one stage American star John Ericson was sought to play the lead role.[5])

Jill Adams was imported from England to play the female lead. Maureen Lanagan was a Sydney model making her first film - Robinson also used models turned actors in The Phantom Stockman and King of the Coral Sea. (He often expressed frustration at what he saw was a lack of good looking young women who could act in Australia.[6])

This was Robert Tudawali's second film role after Jedda. His contract was negotiated by Southern International, Actors Equity and the Department of Native Affairs.[7]

Production[edit]

Shooting took place in the studio at Bondi and on location near Alice Springs in October and November 1956.[8]

Three weeks into filming Robinson and Raffety decided to fire Brown because he seemed "too soft". They offered his role to Tingwell, who declined, and then cast Ken Wayne.[9]

Release[edit]

The film premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 1958 but was not released in Australia and England until 1960. It did not perform well at the box office.[10] According to Raffety's biographer "with television making serious inroads into movie attendances world wide and no Chips Rafferty to exploit for distribution, Dust in the Sun was just another badly made independent cheapie, and gathered its own dust on the shelf for some four years."[11]

Lee Robinson later claimed not using Rafferty was a mistake on their part and contributed to the film's lack of commercial success. Joy Cavill, who worked on the movie, agreed.[12] Robinson also thought the script and supporting cast was weak.[13]

The movie was the first job in the Australian industry for Jill Robb, who was Jill Adams' stand in and went on to become a leading producer.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham Shirley and Brian Adams, Australian Cinema: The First Eighty Years, Currency Press, 1989 p203
  2. ^ "A SERIAL YOU MUST NOT MISS!." The Argus (Melbourne) 5 Nov 1955: 7 accessed 16 December 2011
  3. ^ "Advertising.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 22 August 1956. p. 5. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Larkins p 111-112
  5. ^ 'MOVIELAND EVENTS: AUSTRALIAN FILM BIDS FOR ERICSON', Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 20 August 1956: A11
  6. ^ "New hope for stars of the future.". The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) (1933 - 1982: National Library of Australia). 9 May 1956. p. 23. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  7. ^ ""Jedda" star to rise again.". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956) (Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia). 9 August 1956. p. 3. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Drama of out back: DUST IN THE SUN." The Australian Women's Weekly 23 Jan 1957: 40 accessed 16 December 2011
  9. ^ Larkin p 113
  10. ^ Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 226.
  11. ^ Larkin p 116
  12. ^ Larkin p 113
  13. ^ "Lee Robinson interview with Albert Moran, Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media & Culture vol. 1 no 1 (1987)". murdoch.edu.au. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Larkin p 114
  • Larkin, Bob Chips: The Life and Films of Chips Rafferty, MacMillan 1986

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