True History of the Kelly Gang (film)

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True History of the Kelly Gang
TIFF teaser poster
Directed byJustin Kurzel
Produced byLiz Watts
Hal Vogel
Screenplay byShaun Grant
Based onTrue History of the Kelly Gang
by Peter Carey
StarringGeorge MacKay
Russell Crowe
Nicholas Hoult
Essie Davis
Charlie Hunnam
Music byJed Kurzel
CinematographyAri Wegner
Edited byNick Fenton
Porchlight Films
Daybreak Pictures
Memento Films
Distributed byIFC Films
Release date
  • 11 September 2019 (2019-09-11) (TIFF)[1]
United Kingdom

True History of the Kelly Gang is a 2019 British-Australian biographical western film directed by Justin Kurzel and starring George MacKay as Ned Kelly.[2] It is based on the 2000 novel of the same name by Peter Carey.



Director Justin Kurzel mentioned he was developing the film in December 2016 while doing press for Assassin's Creed.[3]

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.[4][5] By April, the film’s production start was shifted to July.[6] Production started on 22 July.[7][8] It was revealed in September that Charlie Hunnam was cast in the film.[9]


The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival September 11, 2019 and will be released in Australian cinemas in 2020 by Transmission Films.[10]

North American rights were acquired by IFC Films with plans for a theatrical release in 2020.[11]

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  2. ^ Matt Goldberg (10 September 2019). "'True History of the Kelly Gang' Review: A Dull Dance with Criminal Destiny". Collider. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  3. ^ Leane, Rob (27 December 2016). "Justin Kurzel interview: Assassin's Creed". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  4. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (6 November 2017). "Russell Crowe, George MacKay To Star In 'True History Of The Kelly Gang' From Director Justin Kurzel". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (6 November 2017). "Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, George MacKay Join 'True History of the Kelly Gang'". Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (30 April 2018). "Memento Films International Boards Justin Kurzel's 'True History of the Kelly Gang' With Russell Crowe". Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ The Fleming Agency [@flemingagent] (22 July 2018). "Shooting starts today on True History of the Kelly Gang, screenplay by award winning writer, TFA's Shaun Grant starring George MacKay, Russell Crowe, Essie Davis & Nicholas Hoult #featurefilm #truehistoryofthekellygang #australiansinfilm #screenplay #writer" (Tweet). Retrieved 24 August 2018 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ World Entertainment News Network (23 July 2018). "Russell Crowe posts bizarre Instagram video, fans ask 'what happened with you?'". Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  9. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (6 September 2018). "Charlie Hunnam Joins Cast of Justin Kurzel's 'True History of The Kelly Gang'". Variety. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  10. ^ Groves, Don (9 August 2019). "Justin Kurzel to direct TV drama series for Apple". Inside Film. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  11. ^ 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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