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Issue Details: First known date: 2008 2008
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'Set in central-western New South Wales in the 1890s, Fred Schepisi’s film of Thomas Keneally’s award-winning novel is a powerful and confronting story of a black man’s revenge against an unjust and intolerant society.

'Raised by missionaries, Jimmie Blacksmith, a young half-caste Aboriginal man, is poignantly caught between the ways of his black forefathers and those of the white society to which he aspires. Exploited by his boss and betrayed by his [white] wife, he declares war on his white employers and goes on a violent killing spree.

'The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith was one of the most significant films of the 1970s ‘renaissance’. It was the first Australian feature in which the whole story is told from an Aboriginal perspective and it broke new ground in dealing with one of the most tragic aspects of Australian history: the racist treatment of the Aboriginal population. The spectre of the violent and vengeful black had barely been touched upon and the depth of rage that the film put on screen was unprecedented in Australian film at the time.' (Publication summary)

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Works about this Work

Untitled Adi Wimmer , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Australienstudien , no. 23 2009; (p. 167-172)

— Review of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Henry Reynolds 2008 single work criticism
The Truth about the Fiction James Massola , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 April 2008; (p. 8)
Classic Under Fire : The Trial of Jimmie Blacksmith James Massola , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 April 2008; (p. 5)
Was Jimmy Governor, on whom the title character from both the novel and the film The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith was based, an authentic, indigenous hero fighting for racial equality, or a murderous bushranger?
Off the Shelf : Film Owen Richardson , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 June 2008; (p. 32)

— Review of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Henry Reynolds 2008 single work criticism
Re-ambiguate the Positive Brian McFarlane , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 303 2008; (p. 45-46)

— Review of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Philip Brophy 2008 single work criticism ; The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Henry Reynolds 2008 single work criticism
Off the Shelf : Film Owen Richardson , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 14 June 2008; (p. 32)

— Review of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Henry Reynolds 2008 single work criticism
Re-ambiguate the Positive Brian McFarlane , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 303 2008; (p. 45-46)

— Review of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Philip Brophy 2008 single work criticism ; The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Henry Reynolds 2008 single work criticism
Untitled Adi Wimmer , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Australienstudien , no. 23 2009; (p. 167-172)

— Review of The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Henry Reynolds 2008 single work criticism
The Truth about the Fiction James Massola , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 April 2008; (p. 8)
Classic Under Fire : The Trial of Jimmie Blacksmith James Massola , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 April 2008; (p. 5)
Was Jimmy Governor, on whom the title character from both the novel and the film The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith was based, an authentic, indigenous hero fighting for racial equality, or a murderous bushranger?
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