The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith


Time Out says

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.


Release details

122 mins

Cast and crew

Fred Schepisi
Fred Schepisi
Tommy Lewis
Freddy Reynolds
Ray Barrett
Jack Thompson
Angela Punch
Steve Dodds