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Adaptation of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey , 2000 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 True History of the Kelly Gang
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'Outlaw Ned Kelly lived only 25 years, but it was enough to write his story into Australian legend. The subject of countless books, songs, and other lore, he has become a near-mythical figure in the mould of Jesse James or even Robin Hood. Adapting the Booker Prize–winning novel by Peter Carey, True History of the Kelly Gang stars George MacKay, Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, Essie Davis, and Charlie Hunnam in a gloriously fictionalized tale of a true-life renegade.

'Kelly (MacKay) grows up in an already rebellious Irish immigrant family, regularly bristling against the outback justice imposed by local police. Over time, he falls under the influence of Harry Power (Crowe), a true bush-ranger with little regard for colonial authority over the wild territory where he operates. Each encounter with the law pushes Kelly further and further into a dedicated life of crime. Soon enough, he's gathered a gang around him to help with the horse thieving and shootouts, and many Australian settlers are applauding his exploits. It all builds to an epic final showdown.'

Source: Toronto International Film Festival.

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Works about this Work

2019’s Most Anticipated Movies Dov Kornits , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 26 December 2018;
From Mick Jagger to Heath Ledger : Australia's Bungled Quest to Make a Great Ned Kelly Film Luke Buckmaster , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 15 November 2017;

'With Justin Kurzel’s new movie in the works, will Australia’s favourite villain finally get the film treatment he deserves?'

From Mick Jagger to Heath Ledger : Australia's Bungled Quest to Make a Great Ned Kelly Film Luke Buckmaster , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 15 November 2017;

'With Justin Kurzel’s new movie in the works, will Australia’s favourite villain finally get the film treatment he deserves?'

2019’s Most Anticipated Movies Dov Kornits , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: FilmInk , 26 December 2018;
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