Following its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August, the new feature documentary Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy is hitting cinemas in New Zealand this Thursday.
Theatres across the country will be showing Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy from Thursday November 22nd for a limited time only.
Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy gives fans the chance to understand how the boy, James Dixon Swan, became the household name and Aussie icon we know today as Jimmy Barnes.
Acclaimed director Mark Joeffe (Jack Irish, House of Hancock, The Man Who Sued God) has crafted an unflinching, powerful and transcendent documentary that is raw, confronting and at times darkly funny. Jimmy insists he was nervous to see his life played out in film, but knew his friend was the man for the job.
“I trust Mark artistically and emotionally, we’ve been through a lot together and he’s a close, dear friend. I knew he would do a good job and to be honest, he’s exceeded my expectations,” said Barnes.
The film explores Jimmy’s childhood as he retraces his earliest steps through the hard streets of Glasgow before reliving his South Australian upbringing all while uncovering the deep and raw themes of domestic violence, poverty and alcoholism.
The documentary also features captivating musical moments of Jimmy, Cold Chisel and special duets by Jimmy’s children, Mahalia Barnes and David Campbell, plus his brother-in-law, Diesel. A new collaboration with Richard Tognetti’s Australian Chamber Orchestra is another highlight.
This landmark feature documentary is based on Jimmy’s acclaimed memoir, Working Class Boy. His self-penned book won the 2017 ABIA Award as Australia’s ‘Biography of The Year,’ and spent a staggering 16 weeks at #1. It sold over 250,000 copies, making it one of the biggest autobiographies in our country’s history.
Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy hits cinemas across the country in New Zealand on Thursday November 22nd 2018, click here to find a showing time in a town or city near you.
‘Working Class Boy‘ book – signed copy available here