The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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Jimmie Blacksmith (Tommy Lewis), a man of half-Aboriginal ancestry, is pushed to the breaking point by the racist oppression perpetrated by the British in their rule of Australia in 1900, and by his inability to acclimate to Western culture. Raised in a white Christian family but never recognized by white individuals as their equal, Blacksmith undergoes frequent humiliations that provoke a violent response when he brutally murders his employer's family.

Cast & Crew

Tommy Lewis
Jimmie Blacksmith
Freddy Reynolds
Mort Blacksmith
Jack Thompson
Rev. Neville
Ruth Cracknell
Mrs. Heather Newby
Fred Schepisi
Screenwriter
Bruce Smeaton
Original Music
Ian Baker
Cinematographer
Wendy Dickson
Production Design
Bruce Finlayson
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Critic Reviews for The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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Audience Reviews for The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

  • Feb 26, 2014
    I've only seen this movie once, getting on for 25 years ago, late one night on BBC2, back when dedicated movie channels were in their infancy and the BBC still cared about its film programming. One of the regrettable byproducts of avid film viewing is a certain desensitisation to violence; we'll unflinchingly watch the most harrowing of scenes without being put off our popcorn. The brain-searing power of Fred Schepisi's second feature, however, has never left me, and I don't imagine it ever will. The story concerns a young Aboriginal boy, so dehumanised by white colonialism that he lashes out, commits an act of brutal savagery and goes on the run. While Schepisi certainly sympathises with his central character, I don't remember him seeking to excuse Jimmie's actions, and nobody could accuse him of pulling his punches in depicting the crime itself. A superb film. See it if you get the chance.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2010
    A great movie spoiled by a lousy ending
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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