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Directed by: Norman Dawn
Produced by: Australasian Films


Essentially, the film was a Pacific Island romance, including the elements of greed, blackbirding, the love of white adventurer Conn for an Island girl (later revealed to be white), and action sequences such as a bar-room brawl, and a battle to rescue Luya and other ‘dusky maidens’ from the clutches of Fursey, the villain. Locations show authentic native villages, sailing craft, and a spectacular longhouse built on an atoll. The script for the film was written by Norman Dawn from the novel, “Conn of the Coral Seas”, by Beatrice Grimshaw. (Pike & Cooper. Australian Film 1900-1970. Oxford UP, 1981. 189).

Year: 1928
Country of origin: Australia