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Justin Kurzel Adapts Peter Carey's 'True History of the Kelly Gang'

Picturehouse Entertainment will release visionary director, Justin Kerzel’s (Macbeth, Snowtown) adaptation of the Booker Prize winning novel by Peter Carey on 28 February to UK and Irish cinemas.

The film stars George MacKay (1917, Pride), Nicholas Hoult (Tolkien, The Favourite), Essie Davis (The Babadook, Babyteeth), Charlie Hunnam (King Arthur, Crimson Peak) Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit, Last Night In Soho) and Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind, Master & Commander: The Far Side Of The World).

True History of the Kelly Gang had its Premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival to critical acclaim, and it has already won the Australian Writers’ Guild award for Best Adaptation.

Buzz around its release is now building, with the Guardian saying the film is ‘a punk power-chord of defiance and anarchy’, and the Hollywood Reporter calling it ‘Kurzel’s best film to date’.

Kurzel’s film shatters the mythology of the notorious icon to reveal the essence behind the life of Ned Kelly and in doing so will take audiences on a mesmerizing journey into the ashes of this brutal period in history. Spanning the younger years of Kelly’s life and the events leading up to his death, the film explores the motivations for the demise of this legendary figure. Youth and tragedy collide in the Kelly Gang, and at the beating heart of this tale is the fractured and powerful love story between a mother and a son.

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