Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith|
Actors: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Ray Barrett, Angela Punch McGregor
Director: Fred Schepisi
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
The highly explosive and true story of Jimmie (Tommy Lewis) a young Australian half-cast Aborigine who is torn between his true Aboriginal roots and an impulsion to integrate himself into White Colonial society. As Jimmie ... more »
Baz Luhrmann's "Australia"....NOT!
D. Hartley | Seattle, WA USA | 12/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had just about abandoned all hope that this marvelous 1978 sleeper from Australian writer-director Fred Schepisi would ever see the light of day on DVD, until I was pleasantly surprised to see it pop up on the "new release" rack of my favorite neighborhood independent video store last month (I quickly snapped up the last copy). Adapted from Thomas Keneally's novel (which was inspired by true events) this semi-epic culture-clash tale concerns the travails of the title character, played with explosive intensity by non-professional actor Tommy Lewis. Jimmie is a half-caste Aboriginal, living in New South Wales in 1900. He struggles between the pull of his native culture and the insistence of white sponsors who want him to "do the right thing" and assimilate into "civilized" society. This is easier said than done; it seems that the harder he tries to please everyone, the more he is shunned by all. Jimmie sublimates his reaction to the enveloping systemic racism and roiling inner conflicts for too long, which eventually leads to a shocking explosion of violence. This is visceral, powerful and disturbing stuff (not for the squeamish), but well worth your time. The film makes an excellent companion piece to the more recent Rabbit-Proof Fence. The DVD includes a recent interview with Lewis."
New books | 12/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Highly regarded Australian film finally available on DVD. A must for any film fan or student."