A few months ago, I wrote that the trailer for JoJo Rabbit was “The Most WTF Trailer of 2019”. I might have been wrong.
Here’s the trailer for a new Australian movie called True History of the Kelly Gang.
Those not fortunate enough to be Australian may be unfamiliar with the history and legend of the mid-19th-century Kelly Gang. The gang was headed by Ned Kelly, an outlaw and murderer whose generosity in spreading the loot from his numerous bank robberies has led to his becoming something of a Robin Hood-like figure in the Australian popular imagination. His occasional practice of burning mortgage documents from those robbed banks helped propel the narrative.
His life has been the subject of at least two earlier films, both of which were titled Ned Kelly: Mick Jagger played Kelly in the 1970s movie, and Heath Ledger played him in 2003. This time, he’s played by George MacKay, who seems to be having a breakout year—he’s also starring in the much-anticipated WWI film, 1917. The first-rate supporting cast includes Essie Davis (Phryne Fisher from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Amelia from The Babadook), the always excellent Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam, and Russell Crowe.
The movie was made for Stan, which is an Australian alternative to NetFlix. No US release date has been set so far.
True History of the Kelly Gang is based on a book of the same name by Peter Carey. The book is a fictional account of the gang, written as if it were a memoir by Ned Kelly himself. It won the 2001 Booker Prize for the best original novel written in English.