IFC Films has announced that the TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG will be available in select theaters, on Digital, and on Video on Demand on April 24, 2020. Make sure you check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.
Set amidst the grueling badlands of 19th-century Australia, legendary outlaw Ned Kelly (George MacKay, 1917, Ophelia) grows up under the bloody and uncompromising rule of the English. Food is scarce, survival is filled with daily strife, and every opportunity the colonizers take to make their victims feel powerless is inflicted with searing brutality. In a desperate attempt to prime him for rebellion, Ned Kelly’s mother (Essie Davis, The Babadook), sells him off into the hands of the notorious bushranger Harry Power (Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man, L.A. Confidential), where the young bandit discovers he comes from a line of warriors called the Sons of Sieve.
Fueled by his roots and a voracious appetite for revenge, Ned Kelly leads an anarchist army to wreak havoc on their oppressors in one of the most audacious attacks the country has ever seen. Grimy, gritty, and full of action-packed thrills, TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG brings a revolutionary twist to an iconic piece of folklore. Based on the novel by Peter Carey
TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG stars George Mackay (1917, Ophelia), Russell Crowe (Gladiator, The Mummy), Nicholas Hoult (Tolkien, The Favourite), Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit, Lost Girls), Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy”, The Gentlemen), Earl Cave (Days Of The Bagnold Summer, Born to Kill), Essie Davis (The Babadook, “Game of Thrones”).
The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, The Turning) and the script is written by Shaun Grant (Berlin Syndrome, Jasper Jones).
Justin’s background as one of Australia’s best theatrical designers informs his strong visual storytelling as a director. His VCA graduating short, Blue Tongue, was screened in over 13 international films festivals including International Critic’s Week at the Cannes Film Festival, New York Film Festival and won Best Short at Melbourne International Film Festival. Justin’s first feature film Snowtown premiered at Adelaide Film Festival in 2011, winning the Audience Award. Justin was awarded Best Director at the AACTA Awards and the film screened at numerous international festivals including Toronto in 2011 and International Critics Week Cannes in 2012, where it was awarded Special Distinction of the President.
Justin’s other films include an adaptation he directed, Boner McPharlin’s Moll which forms part of a feature film comprising the adaptations of all short stories in Tim Winton’s novel, “The Turning”; Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard for See Saw Films which premiered In Competition at Cannes Film Festival in 2015 and Assassins Creed based on the video game franchise, produced by New Regency for 20th Century Fox starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, released in 2016.