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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

Fine adaptation of Thomas Keneally's novel about a half-caste caught between his aboriginal heritage and his mission-bred belief that he has a stake in white society. The setting is New South Wales on the eve of federation between the Australian states in 1900, and when Jimmie discovers the truth of this brave new world ('You'll still have the same rights - none'), he declares war in an orgy of murder. A little too leisurely in its eye for landscapes, but a film of real power.

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Duration: 122 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Fred Schepisi
Screenwriter: Fred Schepisi
Cast: Tommy Lewis
Freddy Reynolds
Ray Barrett
Jack Thompson
Angela Punch
Steve Dodds
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