Retro Review: The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Written by David Morgan-Brown WARNING: This review contains spoilers. Aussie film writer/director/producer Fred Schepisi, fresh into serious filmmaking at just 37 when his debut The Devil’s Playground was released, then followed it up with The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (an adaptation of Thomas Kineally’s novel) that was as concerned with…

Rare screening of Don’s Party at Australian Revelations

Classic Australian film Don’s Party will have a rare pre-election outing at Australian Revelations on Tuesday, 28 June. The winner of six AFI Awards, including Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay, Don’s Party is set on election night 1969 as a group of friends come together for cheese and wine in what turns out to be an unintended night of truth…

6 things you never knew about The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Directed by: Fred Schepisi Written by: Fred Schepisi Produced by: Fred Schepisi, Roy Stevens Starring: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Ray Barrett, Jack Thompson, Angela Punch McGregor, Steve Dodd and Ray Meagher Jimmie is a young aboriginal man who through hard work and marriage to a white woman is doing everything he can to…

Retro Review: Don’s Party

Don’s Party (1976) Directed by Bruce Beresford Written by David Williamson Produced by Phillip Adams, David Barrow Starring Ray Barrett, Clare Binney, Pat Bishop, Graeme Blundell, Jeanie Drynan, John Hargreaves, Harold Hopkins, Graham Kennedy, Veronica Lang and Candy Raymond Review by David Morgan-Brown: Director Bruce Beresford began his film career with an ocker comedy (The Adventures of Barry MacKensie and its sequel), as did writer David Williamson…