📺 True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)

Watched True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) – IMDb from IMDb

Directed by Justin Kurzel. With George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Orlando Schwerdt. Based on Peter Carey’s novel. The story of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.

I am not sure what to think of Shaun Grant’s screenplay of Peter Carey’s novel. For me it stripped out a lot of the history to focus instead on character and story. It sacrificed the stark reality of having somebody else telling our story, with a picture of the hanging that ironically put out the call to continue to persist in telling our own story. I did like the focus on gender and some of the cinematoghy, however I was overall left disappointed.

Although it was enjoyable as a film, I did not feel that it was faithful as an adaptation.

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