“I felt tears behind my eyes as the film progressed, even though I knew the story.” The Weekend Australian ★ ★ ★ ★

“Wow! Forget the fact that it’s a documentary, it’s one of the most powerful bits of cinema I’ve ever seen.” – Gold FM

“A warts and all look inside the soul of Jimmy Barnes. Few have survived to tell a story like this.” – Noise 11

 “Beautifully realised work. You will quite literally laugh and cry.” – Empire Magazine ★ ★ ★ ★


Following its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival last week, the new feature documentary Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy will be released in cinemas nationally from this Thursday, 23 August.


Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy will be shown on over 220 screens across the country, the biggest cinema footprint of any Australian documentary in history, and the biggest documentary release since Michael Jackson’s This Is It in 2009.


Australian audiences will now have a chance to understand how the once unknown boy, James Dixon Swan, became the household name and Aussie icon we know today as Jimmy Barnes.


Acclaimed director Mark Joffe (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 Barnes insists he was nervous to see his life played out in film, but knew friend and director Mark Joffe 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 is produced by CJZ with principal funding from Screen Australia, with the assistance of Create NSW. It releases nationally in cinemas from Thursday, 23 August for a limited release through Universal Pictures.


Working Class Boy – The Soundtracks is out now on Bloodlines Music with Jimmy Barnes giving his royalties from the album sales for this year to help drought relief efforts.