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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (The 30th Anniversary Edition )

Ray Barrett , Jack Thompson , Fred Schepisi    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ray Barrett, Jack Thompson, Angela Punch McGregor, Tim Robertson, Tommy Lewis
  • Directors: Fred Schepisi
  • Producers: The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 117.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021Q5JP2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,938 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Based on a novel by Thomas Keneally, which was in turn inspired by actual events, this Australian classic is the shocking tale of an oppressed indigenous man driven to madness and revenge. Jimmie (Tommy Lewis) is a "half-caste" young Aboriginal man raised by a Methodist minister in central-western NSW. Finding low-paid work with white farmers, Jimmy marries a white servant girl who is believed to be carrying his child. Discovering that the child is not his, Jimmy is forbidden from seeing his wife and fired without pay and finally explodes in a fury of violent revenge. His flight across NSW, and his ultimate capture months later, is exquisitely portrayed in this Australian cinema masterpiece. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Australian Film Institute, Cannes Film Festival, ...The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, disturbing, powerful film! 13 Feb 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have waited years for this film to be released on DVD. It is definitely in my all time top 5. It's very heavy-going in parts but I could not take my eyes away from the screen. This is based on a true story and everyone should see this film. For some, seeing this film will be an eye-opener about the experience of the native Australian people... I can equate it to when 'Roots' was first shown in the 1970's. At the end of the film I was left with intense emotions, as if I had been carried away by a whirlwind. I urge you to buy this film, it's brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Australian Film? 16 Sep 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Fred Schepisi's 1978 film may well be just that but it's not included in my Australian Cinema 12 disc boxed set and I've never known it to be on TV, here. I became aware of it through my old film 'bible' Halliwells and they rated it very highly, awarding a rare maximum score, citing it as 'one of the greatest achievements in Australian cinema'.

It's taken me a good number of years to finally find a copy that was on region of DVD I could play and wasn't a silly price.

The first thing you notice is the sheer authenticity. Language is as brutal as any and is more akin to a Victorian Scorsese than starched collars and stiff upper lips. The language used to describe the aboriginal natives is as coarse and racist as you'll find in any gritty 70's set LA cop show and for that it is both upsetting and rather embarrassing, but at least goes to show the leaps and bounds humankind has largely made on this issue, since.

Jimmie Blacksmith is a half-cast, a subject that has been visited in a few memorable films, particularly 'Rabbit Proof Fence' and as 'these' were often the result of rape against white women, were seen as worse than the lowest. Jimmie (superbly played by Tommy Lewis) does have an advantage, he's overseen by the local white vicar and is known as a hard and honest worker.

He soon goes on to work for white farmers, along with his fully aboriginal brother, erecting fences. Miles of them. He does too good a job and they don't want to pay, so he moves on. His relationship with a white girl, then marriage results in a child, that by colour alone, cannot be his. Then, around half-way in, all this pent-up anger boiling up inside the civilised and decent Jimmie erupts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great piece of cinema. 8 Aug 2009
I can only echo what the previous reviewer says about this movie.Absolutely mindblowing!The disc comes with afew extras a commentary by director fred schpesi,a making of (35mins)and an interview with lead actor tommy lewis(25mins),he certainly is a strange chap,he didnt do very much acting after this I suppose after this movie the only way is down.DONT MISS IT..
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