In the Wake of the Bounty
This is one very interesting Re-Tell of part of the Mutiny on the Bounty. But what makes it very interesting is the film crew going to the Island where the Mutineers went and started a New Life for themselves. And it’s an Isolated Island extremely difficult to get in and out of.
A very interesting Movie/Documentary to WATCH. Pop some Popcorn and Enjoy!
In the Wake of the Bounty (1933) is an Australian film directed by Charles Chauvel about the 1789 Mutiny on the Bounty. It is notable as the screen debut of Errol Flynn, playing Fletcher Christian. The film preceded MGM‘s more famous Mutiny on the Bounty, starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable, by two years.
|In the Wake of the Bounty|
|Directed by||Charles Chauvel|
|Written by||Charles Chauvel|
|Produced by||Charles Chauvel|
|Narrated by||Arthur Greenaway|
|Edited by||William Shepherd|
|Music by||Lionel Hart|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date||15 March 1933|
|Running time||66 mins|
|Box office||£7,000 (Australia)|
Chauvel’s film uses introductory enacted scenes showing the mutiny, followed by documentary footage, anthropological style, of the mutineers’ descendants on Pitcairn Island. Chauvel also used footage of Polynesian women dancers; and film of an underwater shipwreck, filmed with a glass bottomed boat, which he believed was the Bounty but was probably not. This was Chauvel’s first ‘talkie’ and he had clearly at this stage not yet learned to direct actors: the dialogue is very stiff and amateurish. The use of long sections of documentary footage with a voice over, combined with acted scenes, is similar to the hybrid silent and talking pictures that were produced during the transition to sound. It also represents the combination of interests of the director, and he returned to documentary toward the end of his career with the BBC television series Walkabout. Despite the poorly written dialogue, the documentary sections retain their excellence. A return to enactments at the end of the film, with one scripted modern scene in which a child suffers because of the lack of regular ship visits which could have taken the child to hospital, probably sought to make the film a useful voice for the Pitcairn Island community, who had been generous with their participation.