The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
Based on a novel by Thomas Keneally, which was in turn inspired by actual events, this drama is a shocking indictment of the racism inflicted on the indigenous people of Australia. Jimmie (Tommy Lewis) is a half-white, half-aborigine young man raised by a Methodist minister. Feeling outcast among the aborigines, Jimmie moves to the city and gets a job working for a white family. When a white serving girl at the estate becomes pregnant, everyone is convinced that Jimmie is the father; to spare the girl's honor, Jimmie marries her and is allowed to live with her on the estate. But after the… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Schepisi directs with an immediate energy and crisp cutting that reminded me of films like The Harder They Come (1972)."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A powerful and confronting story: one of the most significant films of the 1970s film renaissance in Australia"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"One of the greatest films to come from Australia."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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