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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 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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Australia

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English

Release Date:

16 August 2018 (Australia) See more »

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Glasgow, Scotland, UK See more »

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Jimmy Barnes: I was born James Dixon Swan. This is the story of how I became Jimmy Barnes.
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A gripping story well told
25 August 2018 | by lc_1996See all my reviews

This documentary centres on a live show in Jimmy Barnes's hometown of Glasgow with additional interviews and archival images. It's filmed in a simple way but any embellishments would've run the risk of distracting from the core message Jimmy brilliantly conveys through words and music alone. It came across not as film to stroke the ego of the director nor to appease hardcore fans of Cold Chisel, but as an honest account of a human life, which is exactly what it needed to be. Jimmy didn't shy aware from sharing the darkest moments of his life but managed to convey them with an overall purpose of advancing a dialogue about deep societal issues. I admire his bravery in sharing his story and his skill in presenting it not as a 'sob story', but as a holistic account of struggle. Indeed, the trauma is balanced by quite a lot of humour and live music is beautifully integrated throughout. I hope this documentary will encourage frank conversations about how we can break the cycle of poverty, addiction, and violence.

This documentary had my attention the whole time and now I desperately want to read the book.


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