Set against the badlands of colonial Australia where the English rule with a bloody fist and the Irish endure, Ned Kelly discovers he comes from a line of Irish rebels—an uncompromising army of cross dressing bandits immortalised for terrorising their oppressors back in Ireland. Nurtured by the notorious bushranger, Harry Power and fuelled by the unfair arrest of his mother, Kelly recruits a wild bunch of warriors to plot one of the most audacious attacks of anarchy and rebellion the country has ever seen.
User Reviews: I’ve now written a lot of words about ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’, but I really don’t feel as though I’ve scratched the surface of this fascinating, complex and shattering film. Using the story of Ned Kelly and his exploits, the film unpacks the concept of Australian myth-making, questions the stories and figures on which we have constricted our Australian identity, and challenges the ideals of Australian masculinity. ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ is a magnificent symphony of chaos and contradiction, fury and fear, confusion and clarity, love and revenge, compassion and violence. It left me stunned and speechless, my brain ringing with the sheer scale of it. This is yet another great film digging into the fabric of who we are as a nation and what we have done to get here – in this case, the myths we have constructed to explain and justify the best and worst of ourselves. Justin Kurzel has delivered a remarkable and singular film, as arresting as it is provocative, and already one of the best of the year. rn- Daniel LamminrnrnRead Daniel’s full article…rnmaketheswitch.au/article/review-true-history-of-the-kelly-gang-a-magnificent-deconstruction-of-the-great-australian-antihero