True History of the Kelly Gang
Directed by: Justin Kurzel
UK/France/Australia, 2019, 124m
East Coast Premiere
Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel True History of the Kelly Gang exploded the myth behind Australia’s most celebrated bush-ranger and forced a country to face its own vicious past. Never had a piece of writing come close to revealing the raw, powerful truth of Ned Kelly. Now through Justin Kurzel’s (the Michael Fassbender Macbeth) visionary eye, we have a film which throws you into the world of this extraordinary 19th century outlaw, and his tragic descent into the heart of darkness. This is a punk-rock story for our times: a journey from the innocence of a boy wanting nothing more than to protect and provide for his Irish immigrant family, to the ironclad terrorist who forms a gang for horse thieving and shootouts, delighting many Australian settlers who hated the outback justice imposed by local police. A gloriously fictionalized tale of a true-life renegade that builds to an epic final showdown, this stunningly shot and boldy violent tale boasts an incredible cast, including George MacKay (1917), Essie Davis (The Babadook), Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam, and Academy AwardÒ winner Russell Crowe.