WORKING CLASS BOY Unclassified 15+
With nine #1 albums to his name, Jimmy Barnes is one of Australia’s greatest rock icons. But his success masked a life of hardship and abuse.
Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy retraces Jimmy’s earliest steps from Glasgow to growing up in Elizabeth, South Australia. Jimmy reveals the poverty, domestic violence, alcoholism, abuse and neglect he grew up with, the impact on him as a child and the consequences for him as a man.
Based on the bestselling memoir and directed by acclaimed Australian filmmaker Mark Joffe, the documentary features interviews with family and friends and powerful, captivating musical moments. Elegantly filmed, Jimmy performs solo and in duets with his daughter Mahalia Barnes and son David Campbell, as well as live performances with brother-in-law, Diesel, and Cold Chisel. An unforgettable collaboration with Richard Tognetti’s Australian Chamber Orchestra is testimony to Jimmy’s extraordinary musical talents.
Jimmy’s honesty and Glaswegian humour create a powerful, emotional and compelling film of damaged childhood, family, a search for love and, finally, redemption. Working Class Boy is a profound and compassionate new portrait of one of our most beloved figures.
Jimmy Barnes and director Mark Joffe will be guests of the festival to attend at Q&A at the world premiere screening on Thursday 16 August. Mark Joffe will also attend the second screening on Saturday 18 August.
Please note that Jimmy Barnes' only MIFF attendance will be at the Thursday 16 August session.
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