‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ Review: A Dull Dance with Criminal Destiny | TIFF 2019

The famous line from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend,” comes to mind when watching Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang. The film begins by telling you “Nothing you’re about to see is true,” and then uses Ned Kelly (George MacKay) writing a letter to his son swearing that the following record of Ned’s life is the truth. In this way, we see Kelly writing his own legend, a legend that persists today as an iconic Australian outlaw. The main problem with the film is that it …

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