Country of origin Daybill movie poster. The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith is a 1978 Australian drama film directed by Fred Schepisi, and starring Tom E. Lewis (billed at the time as Tommy Lewis), Freddy Reynolds and Ray Barrett. It is an adaptation of the novel The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith by Thomas Keneally. The story is about an exploited Aboriginal Australian who commits murder and goes into hiding. It is based on actual events surrounding Jimmy Governor. The film won three AFI awards and was nominated for another 9. Fred Schepisi did not consider this film to be a financial success however.