“JIMMIE BLACKSMITH re-creates a previous era so well that we emerge from the theater in substantial identification with its hero. We do not condone him, but we understand him.” -- Roger Ebert
Fred Schepisi's internationally-acclaimed 1978 period masterpiece is Australia’s canonical equivalent of 12 YEARS A SLAVE. Visually enthralling and emotionally resonant filmmaking, with a central violent eruption that still shakes audiences to their core.
JIMMIE BLACKSMITH is the shocking tale of an Aboriginal man driven to madness and revenge. Jimmie (Tommy Lewis) is a young half-caste raised in the early 20th century countryside -- a boy initiated by his tribe but educated by a stern minister. Jimmy finds a white bride while performing back-breaking farm work, but cannot escape racist oppression. Fired without pay and discovering that he may not be the true father of his child, Jimmy cuts a bloody path of retribution through the society which forsook him.