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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner.

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Freddy Reynolds ...
Mort Blacksmith
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Farrell
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Rev. Neville
Angela Punch McGregor ...
Gilda Marshall (as Angela Punch)
Steve Dodd ...
Tabidgi (as Steve Dodds)
Peter Carroll ...
McCready
Ruth Cracknell ...
Mrs. Heather Newby
Don Crosby ...
Jack Newby
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Petra Graf
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Dowie Steed
Tim Robertson ...
Healey
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Dud Edmonds
Brian Anderson ...
Hyberry
Jane Harders ...
Mrs. Healey
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The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner. Written by <tgard@genauto.com>

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The chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is the chant of the underdog See more »


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22 June 1978 (Australia)  »

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Die Ballade von Jimmie Blacksmith  »

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AUD 1,280,000 (estimated)
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This film was nominated in every feature category in the 1978 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards except Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The nominations included noms for Best ... Film, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Sound, Editing, Costume Design, Cinematography, Music Score and Production Design. The film though only came away winning 3 AFI Awards (Best Actress - Angela Punch McGregor, Best Supporting Actor - Ray Barrett and Best Music Score - Bruce Smeaton) in a year dominated by the film Newsfront (1978) which won 8 AFI Awards from 15 nominations. Angela Punch McGregor, winning Best Actress for this film, also won the AFI Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Newsfront (1978) in this same year. See more »

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Brilliant Macabre and violent drama
23 March 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Thomas Keneally's THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH novel works on so many levels - a period piece, as a biting satire and as a wonderfully composed drama. This film of the same name attempts to capture the poignancy and strength of the original classic novel. It achieves this wonderfully. The film is excellently acted and the violence is both well shot and vibrantly enacted. The score is great too. Also the Australian landscape - not to mention its social underbelly, was never shot with as much insight.

An excellent starting point to understand such great Aussie films like the tracker and rabbit proof fence.

10/10


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