The Outlaw Michael Howe

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The Outlaw Michael Howe
Directed by Brendan Cowell
Produced by Nial Fulton
Screenplay by Brendan Cowell
Music by Roger Mason
Cinematography Simon Harding
Edited by Peter Crombie
Distributed by Madman Entertainment
Release date
Running time
77 minutes
Country Australia
Language English

The Outlaw Michael Howe is a 2013 Australian historical drama film written and directed by Brendan Cowell. Set in the early 19th century, the film is based on the exploits of Michael Howe, an Englishman who was transported as a convict to the Australian penal colony of Van Diemen's Land (modern-day Tasmania), where he achieved infamy as a bushranger and outlaw.



The film was shot on location in Tasmania, including Mount Field National Park.[1] A large reconstruction of colonial Hobart was also built at Old Sydney Town in New South Wales.


Roger Mason composed the original score for The Outlaw Michael Howe. The soundtrack includes Sarah Blasko's song "A Truth", written and recorded exclusively for the film and featuring Warren Ellis. The Drones' song "How to See Through Fog" is also used in the film.


The film premiered on the ABC on 1 December 2013, and was released on DVD by Madman Entertainment.[citation needed]


Award Category Recipient Result
AACTA Awards Best Costume in Television Xanthe Heubel Nominated
Australian Production Guild Awards Best Design on a Television Drama Award Felicity Abbott Won
Australian Production Guild Awards Best Costume in Television Xanthe Heubel Nominated
APRA Screen Music Awards 2014 Best Music in a Mini-series of Telemovie Roger Mason Won
APRA Screen Music Awards 2014 Best Original Song composed for the screen Roger Mason Nominated
Australian Cinematographers Society Awards 2014 Drama Silver Award Simon Harding Won
Equity Ensemble Awards 2013 Outstanding Performance by an ensemble in a Telemovie or Series Cast Nominated


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