True History of the Kelly Gang (film)
True History of the Kelly Gang is a 2019 British-Australian biographical western film directed by Justin Kurzel, from a screenplay by Shaun Grant, based upon the 2000 novel of the same name by Peter Carey. It stars George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Orlando Schwerdt, Thomasin McKenzie, Sean Keenan, Charlie Hunnam and Russell Crowe.
|True History of the Kelly Gang|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Justin Kurzel|
|Screenplay by||Shaun Grant|
|Based on||True History of the Kelly Gang|
by Peter Carey
|Music by||Jed Kurzel|
|Edited by||Nick Fenton|
It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 11 September 2019. It is scheduled to be released in Australia on 9 January 2020, by Transmission Films and Stan, and is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2020, by Picturehouse Entertainment.
- George MacKay as Ned Kelly
- Orlando Schwerdt as young Ned Kelly
- Russell Crowe as Harry Power
- Nicholas Hoult as Constable Fitzpatrick
- Essie Davis as Ellen Kelly
- Sean Keenan as Joe Byrne
- Jacob Collins-Levy as Thomas Curnow
- Thomasin McKenzie as Mary
- Charlie Hunnam as Sergeant O'Neill
- Claudia Karvan as Ms. Shelton
- Marlon Williams as George King
- Gentle Ben Corbett as Red Kelly
- Earl Cave as Dan Kelly
- Louis Hewison as Steve Hart
In November 2017, the project was officially announced, with George MacKay cast as Ned Kelly, and Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult and Essie Davis making up the supporting cast. Filming was announced as beginning in March 2018 in Victoria, Australia. By April, the film’s production start was shifted to July. Production started on 22 July. It was revealed in September that Charlie Hunnam was cast in the film.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival September 11, 2019 and will be released in Australian cinemas in 2020 by Transmission Films. Australian streaming rights were acquired by Stan, which will release the film on their service as a Stan original. The film will be released in Australian cinemas January 9, 2020 and will be released on Stan on Australia Day.
Picturehouse Entertainment will release the film theatrically in the UK and Ireland starting February 28, 2020.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, True History of the Kelly Gang has a rating of 83% based on 18 reviews. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average of score of 84 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
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- Dalton, Ben (21 November 2019). "Picturehouse Entertainment takes 'True History Of The Kelly Gang' for UK & Ireland". Screen Daily. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
- Siegel, Tatiana (5 September 2019). "Toronto: Russell Crowe Drama 'True History of the Kelly Gang' Nabbed by IFC". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
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