First Trailer for 'True History of the Kelly Gang' with George MacKay

November 29, 2019
Source: YouTube

True History of the Kelly Gang Trailer

"Be who you were meant to be!" Memento International has debuted the first official trailer for Australian indie drama True History of the Kelly Gang, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival a few months ago. This is the latest feature from Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel, of The Snowtown Murders and Macbeth previously, and it's a re-envisioning of the tall tale of an Australian bush-ranger named Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from the authorities during the 1870s. If you're from Australia, you probably know the story, but if not - this flips the whole story on its head anyway. "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." Starring George MacKay as Ned Kelly, Essie Davis as his mother Ellen Kelly, plus Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, Thomasin McKenzie, Sean Keenan, Earl Cave, Orlando Schwerdt, and Charlie Hunnam. This certainly looks very stylish and unique - you might want to keep an eye on this one.

Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Justin Kurzel's True History of the Kelly Gang, from YouTube:

True History of the Kelly Gang Poster

Inspired by Peter Carey’s Man Booker prize winning novel, True History of the Kelly Gang shatters the mythology of the notorious icon to reveal the essence behind the life of Ned Kelly and force a country to stare back into the ashes of its brutal past. Spanning the younger years of Ned’s life to the time leading up to his death, the film explores the blurred boundaries between what is bad and what is good, and the motivations for the demise of its hero. True History of the Kelly Gang is directed by Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel, director of the films The Snowtown Murders, Macbeth, and Assassin's Creed previously, and one other short film. The screenplay is written by Shaun Grant, adapted from Peter Carey's novel of the same name first published in 2000. This premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this fall. Memento Films will debut True History of the Kelly Gang in UK cinemas starting February 2020, more openings to come. There's still no US release date setup yet, stay tuned for updates. First impression? Who's interested?

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Looks crazy enough to be seen. As fun, nothing more ...

shiboleth on Nov 29, 2019


This looks pretty good and I'm surprised as I was going to just ignore it because I thought, another Ned Kelly flick?...those Aussie's sure like Ned the trailer was pretty good. The actor lead playing Kelly looks good. I instantly was attracted to the woman...the actress Essie Davis. I've never seen her before and sure want to see more of her. She just leaped out at me as being really strong, authentic and attractive. What's with Crowe and the big beard?... and I just saw a photo of him with a way too huge gut hanging over his pants that wasn't a still from a movie he's in. Perhaps he's getting older and fatter and's a good actor though. I wonder what kind of release this will get?

thespiritbo on Nov 29, 2019


Apparently she's played the mother in The Babadook. Didn't recognize her here, but I remember liking her performance quite a bit in said great horror flick. And I'm pretty sure Crowe can't be lazy if he's continuing to land big roles (The Nice Guys) and roles in big movies (The Mummy).

Terry Craig on Dec 5, 2019


Cool editing. I think these guys would have killed a lot of the Aborigines if given the chance.

DAVIDPD on Dec 2, 2019


Whoa, one of Nick Cave's sons is an actor? Well whaddya know. Pretty surprised how rock and roll this looks. Might be fun. Good cast, too. I imagine Russell Crowe didn't need to be asked twice to do this, lol.

Terry Craig on Dec 5, 2019

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