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This film was last shown on 17 March 2020

Adapted from Peter Carey’s Booker Prize‐winning novel of the same name, this striking and visceral outback western from director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth) tells the story of the notorious outlaw icon Ned Kelly. Tracing Kelly’s life from his younger years to the events leading up to his early death, the film presents a bold new take on this much mythologized figure.

Starring George MacKay (1917, Pride), Nicholas Hoult (Tolkien, The Favourite) and Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind) Kurzel’s film shatters the myth of Kelly to reveal the essence behind his life. Youth and tragedy collide in the Kelly Gang, and at the beating heart of this tale is the fractured and powerful love story between a mother and a son - one that takes audiences on a mesmerizing journey into the ashes of a brutal period in history.

True History of the Kelly Gang had its World Premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival to critical acclaim, and it has already won the Australian Writers’ Guild award for Best Adaptation.

** This film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy. **


Justin Kurzel
2 hours 5 minutes
Essie Davis, George MacKay, Nicholas Hoult


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