The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

Key Cast

Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor, Ray Barrett, Steve Dodds, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown.


A half-white aboriginal Australian (Tommy Lewis) is exploited by white employees and must face racism as he bounces back and forth between two cultures in Australia.
imdb entry

“The one great Australian film I’ve seen.”
Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

“The inclusion of Pauline Kael’s 1980 New Yorker review of ‘The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith’ in An Australian Film Reader has been credited with rehabilitating the film’s reputation in Australia.”
‘Senses of Cinema’ review

“There is nothing more unsettling about the film ‘The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith’ than the fact that it’s still a wholly relevant film.”
AB Film Review

“Is this Australia’s best film yet?”
Interesting Pol magazine article on Fred Schepisi, July-Aug 1978