• Quentin Tarantino considers 'The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith', starring Tom E. Lewis, "a masterpiece". (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Quentin Tarantino has made no secret of his love for Australia movies. He spoke to us about his favourites - and you can watch them now at SBS On Demand.
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3 Feb 2016 - 4:29 PM  UPDATED 19 Jul 2019 - 1:33 PM

For Quentin Tarantino, the explosion of Australian art cinema in the '70s (My Brilliant Career, The Getting of Wisdom, The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith...), was a revelation. 

On his trip to Australia to promote The Hateful Eight, we spoke to him about his personal favourites: The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith and Mad Dog Morgan ("a schizophrenic mess!"), both of which he had presented at a fan event in Sydney (from 35mm prints supplied by the National Film and Sound Archive). 

In the video below, Tarantino calls Fred Schepisi's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith "a masterpiece, one of the top 5 Australian movies ever made".

Watching it in Australia gave it a whole new dimension: "Feeling the full audience cringe at the treatment of the Aborigines in that film, you felt everybody’s stomach turn in a big white fist that just kept clenching more and more as they watched it, that was an experience I could never had at home," he says, "and I’ll always be grateful for that."

Watch the full interview about Australian movies below:

Watch The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 


Australia, 1978
Director: Fred Schepisi
Starring: Tommy Lewis, Jack Thompson, Ray Barrett
What's it about?
Jimmie Blacksmith is taken in by a white Minister and his wife, and raised to 'assimilate' into polite white society. He takes a wife and earns a living on local farms. However, he cannot escape prejudice and oppression, and after a series of setbacks, Jimmie erupts with extreme violence.

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Mad Dog Morgan

Australia, 1976
Director: Philippe Mora
Starring: Dennis Hopper, David Gulpilil, Jack Thompson, Bill Hunter
What's it about?
Daniel Morgan (Dennis Hopper, who was famously high and drunk for the whole shoot) becomes a bushranger after hard times in prison and the Victorian goldfields. Saved by Billy, an Aboriginal outcast, the two men terrorise southern NSW, killing policemen and raiding farms, until the price on Morgan’s head reaches 1,000 pounds. Crossing back into Victoria, Morgan’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, as detective Mainwaring closes in.


Dark Age

Australia, 1987
Director: Arch Nicholson
Starring: John Jarratt, Burnham Burnham, David Gulpilil
What's it about?
This Ozploitation horror movie was not screened in Australia until 22 years after its completion, when Quentin Tarantino brought his own copy of the film for a fan event in 2009. David Gulpilil, Burnum Burnum and John Jarratt star as a park ranger and two local guides who have to square off against a 25m saltwater crocodile on the loose in the Northern Territory.


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