A 6000 km journey across northern Australia with Tom E. Lewis, who in 1978 played the lead role in Fred Schepisi's Australian feature, "The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith", which premiered "In Competition" at the 1978 Cannes Film Festival. The life of the character he played was hauntingly close to his own, a young, restless man of mixed heritage, struggling for a foothold on the edge of two cultures. Tom's mother is a traditional Indigenous woman of southern Arnhem Land, his father a Welsh stockman he never knew. In this journey into the past, Tom attempts to find the resting place of his father and to finally confront the truth of his innermost feelings of love and identity. Tom's present-day journey is interwoven with 16mm footage taken in the 1950's of the Roper River mission where Tom grew up.
Released in United States May 2005
Shown at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) May 11-22, 2005.
Released in United States May 2005 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) May 11-22, 2005.)