The chant of jimmie blacksmith is a 1978 australian drama film directed written and produced by fred schepisi and starring tom e lewis billed at the time as tommy lewis freddy reynolds and ray barrett the film also featured early appearances by bryan brown arthur dignam and john jarrattit is an adaptation of the novel the chant of jimmie blacksmith by thomas keneally. Earlier this year a restored print of the chant of jimmie blacksmith was part of a touring classics festival playing in australian cinemas today that country recognizes its value and importance within the national film heritage now if only someone would recognize it enough to bring it back in fuller release here in the united states. The new critical analysis from the australian screen classics series by henry reynolds of the film the chant of jimmie blacksmith based on thomas keneallys novel of the same name is a timely and very important work at a time when australia is still grappling with indigenous issues despite the prime ministers apology reynolds . Set in central western nsw in the 1890s fred schepisis film of thomas keneallys award winning novel is the powerful and confronting story of a black mans revenge against an unjust and intolerant society raised by missionaries jimmie blacksmith a young aboriginal man is poignantly caught between the ways of his black. Get this from a library the chant of jimmie blacksmith henry reynolds on its release in 1978 fred schepisis the chant of jimmie blacksmith confronted audiences with a depiction of violence racism and exploitation in the harsh australian outback based on thomas
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