Jimmy Little's Gentle Journey
From poverty and personal tragedy to Australia's first Aboriginal pop star - Jimmy Little's Gentle Journey is an intimate look at the life of a pioneering artist who defied incredible odds. This program touchingly traces the trials and triumphs of a remarkable survivor celebrating 50 years in the business.
Awarded an Order of Australia Medal and named as a Living National Treasure earlier this year (2004), Jimmy's life has just recently been reinvigorated when he became the recipient of a kidney transplant. With another new album out in June, Australia's first gentleman of song, whose voice melts ice, continues a trailblazing career that has gently been opening doors and minds throughout his life.
At a time when Aborigines were not even recognised as citizens, Jimmy Little broke down white-dominated cultural barriers as he painted images - past, present and future - with his songs. Jimmy was the first Aboriginal person to feature regularly on television, and with his incredible talent and success, subtly swept aside ignorance and negative stereotypes.
Ironically perceived by some as a conformist, Jimmy has determinedly and consistently pursued his own independent, gentle path refusing to conform to a variety of 'bandwagons'. It is a path that has brought trials and triumphs but he has stuck to his convictions and as an artist rather than activist he has changed attitudes and encouraged reconciliation with a simple and honest love of music and humanity.
Over a career as a musician, actor and educator spanning 50 years, Jimmy Little has proven himself to be a survivor whose talent and determination remain solid. Jimmy Little's Gentle Journey provides an intimate and comprehensive biographical portrait of his life and times.
Suitable for Middle-Upper Secondary School Students. Learning areas: Music, English (Biography Reports), Indigenous, SOSE/HSIE.
Year of Production: 2003
Production note: © Indigo Films
Duration: 55 mins