Retro Review: In Search of Anna

by David Morgan-Brown A breezy and not-too-dramatic road movie was not an unwelcome entry in the Australian New Wave near the end of the ‘70s, particularly given the number of searing and serious socio-political films that had been previously released in the decade such as Wake in Fright, The Last Wave, The Chant of Jimmie…

Competition! Win The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith on Blu-ray (Now closed)

Thanks to Umbrella Entertainment we’ve got a few copies of Fred Schepisi’s internationally-acclaimed The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith to give away. Fred Schepisi’s internationally acclaimed masterpiece, based on the novel by Thomas Keneally, is the shocking tale of an indigenous man driven to madness and revenge. Jimmie Blacksmith (Tommy Lewis) is a young Aboriginal half-caste…

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…

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…