Jack Thompson

Swinging Safari Review

Swinging Safari Review

Boy oh boy. That was quite the ride. In the family station wagon, to the beach, in the seventies. Directed by Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), coupled with its huge, high-profile cast, including Jeremy Sims, Asher Keddie, Guy Pearce, Radha Mitchell, Kylie Minogue, Julian McMahon and even Jack Thompson, Swinging Safari was bound to be a hoot. It is a hoot – but it...[Read More]

Wake in Fright – 1970 – Ted Kotcheff – The Last New Wave

Wake in Fright – 1970 – Ted Kotcheff – The Last New Wave

It’s Australian New Wave cinema month on The Last New Wave, and what better way to kick it off than with one of the greatest Australian films produced – Ted Kotcheff’s Wake in Fright. Not only is it one of the best films Australia has ever produced, it also is one of the great horror films – providing a scorching assessment of outback Australia. Andrew is joined by Michael ...[Read More]

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are warned that this post may contain images of deceased persons. There is nothing more unsettling about the film The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith than the fact that it’s still a wholly relevant film. This haunting essay of racial issues in colonial Australia focuses on the true story of Aboriginal Jimmie Blacksmith (Tommy Lewis), a man who is trying to s...[Read More]