The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

Australia, 1978

Film

Based on the Thomas Keneally novel, this is the fictionalised story of Jimmy Governor, who, in 1901 went on a rampage killing numerous white settlers. Deft characterisation and ironic detail combine to paint a bleak portrait of a bitterly racist society emerging as a federated nation. Starring Tommy Lewis in the title role with co-stars Ray Barrett and Jack Thompson.

Credits

producer/director

Fred Schepisi

production company

The Film House

Language

English

Duration

01:57:24:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

36547

Subject categories

Aboriginal Australia → Racism - Australia

Adaptations

Drama

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Aboriginal Australians - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Racism - Australia

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Australia

History → Australia - History - 1901-1914

History → Governor, Jimmy, 1875-1901

Literature → Australian literature - Film and video adaptations

Literature → Literature

People → Governor, Jimmy, 1875-1901

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

Appears in

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Fred Schepisi

Fred Schepisi's diverse body of work connects to acclaimed local productions, westerns and Hollywood favourites.

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