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Working Class Boy (2018)

Based on Barnes' memoir of the same name, this documentary tells the story of his childhood survival in the slums of Glasgow, immigration to Australia, and how he became the lead singer of Cold Chisel.

Director:

Mark Joffe

Writer:

Jimmy Barnes (Based on the book & live production "Working Class Boy")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jimmy Barnes ... Himself
Jim Duffy Jim Duffy ... Himself - Jimmy's Cousin
Jack Oliver Jack Oliver ... Himself - Jimmy's Cousin
Bill Brouwers Bill Brouwers ... Himself - Childhood Friend
Mahalia Barnes Mahalia Barnes ... Herself
Lisa MacLaren Lisa MacLaren ... Herself - Jimmy's Sister
Tom Barnes Tom Barnes ... Himself - Reg's Brother
David Campbell ... Himself
Jane Barnes Jane Barnes ... Herself
Ian Moss Ian Moss ... Himself
Don Walker Don Walker ... Himself
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Based on Barnes' memoir of the same name, this documentary tells the story of his childhood survival in the slums of Glasgow, immigration to Australia, and how he became the lead singer of Cold Chisel.

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To understand the man, you must meet the boy.

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2018 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy See more »

Filming Locations:

Glasgow, Scotland, UK See more »

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Color
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[first lines]
Jimmy Barnes: I was born James Dixon Swan. This is the story of how I became Jimmy Barnes.
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Features Bring Out a Briton (1957) See more »

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The true background story - not pretty, but totally the real deal
2 September 2018 | by manders_steveSee all my reviews

This is a fine documentary style film that tells Jimmy Barnes' background life story. It does it really well, using recent footage shot with all the people involved that are around to tell their versions. It is interspliced with historic footage, including amateur home video, promotional material and professional TV and film sections. There's a lot from Glasgow, and I reckon we Aussies should be really thankful that Jimmy and family made the journey - not only that we have his substantial contribution to our lives, but they must have had better opportunities and weather here too.

There is a fair bit of music, mostly light folk soul rock style. If you're after serious Barnes rock'n'roll, you'll be disappointed. If you are a Cold Chisel fan hoping for lots of head splittingly loud rock, don't bother.

I found it readily engaging, and probably easier going than Jimmy's book of the same title which I enjoyed reading, but which took a bit more effort. I'd say the film got the level of detail I was interested in right: the book, while well written and edited, I found a bit long on detail I didn't quite need.


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