"The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith"
Directed by Fred Schepisi
Before being assimilated by Hollywood for the purposes
of making solid, but relatively safe movies like Mr. Baseball and
Roxanne, Fred Schepisi was directing jarring dramas down under. The last
example of this is The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, a controversial,
blackly comic film based on the true story of a half-Aborigine,
half-Caucasian man (Tommy Lewis), who belongs to neither indigenous nor
colonial society and ultimately unleashes his frustrations with an axe. "The
film is a grotesque, explosive, comedy-tragedy...a visually impassioned
epic" (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker). Nominated for the Golden Palm
at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival. Adapted from a book by Thomas Keneally.