SPECIAL EVENT: The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith

ACMI is presenting this masterpiece from Fred Schepisi - Sat Dec 1

Don't miss the opportunity to see this great film at ACMI as part of their Australian Perspective series. Members can gain free double passes. See details below.

The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith
R 18+
Fred Schepisi, 124 mins, Australia, 1978, 35mm, English. Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak/Atlab Collection. Courtesy: Fred Schepisi.

Fred Schepisi's second feature is based on Thomas Keneally's novel of the same name.

It tells the little-known case of half-caste Aboriginal Jimmie Governor (played by a then unknown Tommy Lewis) who killed seven white people in 1900, the same year of Australia's federation.

The film's revered international reputation (Pauline Kael, esteemed film critic of The New York Times, was a vocal champion of the film), compared to its lacklustre and indifferent reception at the Australian box office spoke volumes about a nation still feeling queasy at the emotional wounds of a society built on racial oppression.

Cinematographer Ian Baker has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Schepisi, having worked with him from his debut feature, The Devils Playground (1976), right up to Schepisi's most recent work, The Eye of the Storm (2011). Their creative collaboration highlights the crucial role the cinematographer has in shaping and coalescing a filmmaker's vision.

Join us at the ACMI Store following the screening on Sat 1 December, for the launch of Martha Ansara's recently published landmark book, The Shadowcatchers: A History of Cinematography in Australia.

This event is presented in partnership with the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and in conjunction with the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ) 2012 Screen/History/Memory conference.

Victorian President Alan Cole ACS will be present. Alan was Clapper Loader on this film. The Focus Puller was none other than our own Ellery Ryan ACS. At this time we are hopeful to have Fred Schepisi and Ian Baker in attendance also but has yet to be confirmed.

The ACS publication of Shadowcatchers will be available for sale at the ACMI shop and signings available.

Sat 1 Dec 2012, 4pm
Sat 16 Feb 2013, 4pm
Sat 23 Feb 2013, 4pm
Location ACMI Cinemas
Admission Full/Concession $6 ACMI Member $5

Financial ACS Members can get free double passes by emailing James Nolen (ACMI). See the link below:

You can also view the ACMI website on the link below.

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