True History of The Kelly Gang

"Justin Kurzel detonates a punk power-chord of defiance and anarchy with this brutally violent and unflinchingly stark tale." ★★★★ Guardian

Showing Times

Mon 09 Mar 18:15
Tue 10 Mar 18:15
Wed 11 Mar 20:50
Thu 12 Mar 20:50

Ned Kelly was an Australian bushranger, outlaw, gang leader and convicted police murderer.  More than that he's a powerful myth, now the subject of a third big screen biography. Director Justin Kurzel's version starts from Peter Carey's award-winning book (and Carey co-scripted this) to deconstruct the folk hero rebel from a man damaged in early childhood.  A dysfunctional relationship with his vicious mother sees young Ned sold off to outlaw Harry Power (a very nice turn from Russell Crowe).  From Power, Ned learns the lessons of ruthlessness and how to write your own story, empowering grown Ned (George Mackay) to marshall a gang of cross-dressing brigands to stage one of the most  legendary uprisings in bush history.  Spoiler alert:  the now-famous ploughshare armour the gang crafted was not 100% successful...

The facts of Kelly's life are conflated with the myth here, and Kurzel is happy to say 'all is true, and none of it is true'.  It's a violent, explosive and often very funny study, and at the heart of this tale is the fractured and powerful love story between a mother and a son.  "It is a very grueling spectacle, often brilliant." (Guardian)


Film Information

125 mins

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