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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

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clip 'Scarcely black at all'

Original classification rating: M. This clip chosen to be PG

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After a night in jail for drunkenness, Jimmie Blacksmith (Tommy Lewis) joins the Reverend Neville (Jack Thompson) and Mrs Neville (Julie Dawson), his guardians, for Sunday lunch. He promises never to do it again, and outlines his plan to get a job and find a wife. Mrs Neville says he should find a nice country girl and then his children would be only quarter-caste. Finding a job in the Depression of the 1890s is not easy, but a white farmer (Tim Robertson) gives him a fencing contract.

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