The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)
as Jimmie Blacksmith
as Mort Blacksmith
as Constable Farrell
as Rev. Neville
as Petra Graf
as Peter Newby
as Claude Lewis
as Mrs. Heather Newby
as Mr. Newby
as Martha Neville
as Man in Butcher Shop
as Mrs. Healy
as Dud Edmonds
as Mrs. McCready
as Gilda Marshall
as Dowie Stead
Critic Reviews for The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
The movie is gorgeous pure filmmaking even when we wince at the violence - and we do, because Schepisi doesn't present it as cathartic or exciting.
A powerful unsettling film about racism in Australia in 1900.
Schepisi directs with an immediate energy and crisp cutting that reminded me of films like The Harder They Come (1972).
A powerful and confronting story: one of the most significant films of the 1970s film renaissance in Australia
Audience Reviews for The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
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.
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