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Ned Kelly

by Nigel Davey
Issue No. 1870

NED KELLY is Australia's most famous bushranger. This new film shows how Ned tried to live a normal life but was continually set up by the local police, who are portrayed as brutal, corrupt and vengeful. He only turns to crime for revenge when he is accused of the attempted murder of a policeman. The police punish Ned's family by poisoning their wells and locking his mother up.

Kelly became a folk hero because his experience with the authorities was like that of so many other poverty-stricken, mainly Irish, people in the colony. Ned Kelly is beautifully filmed, with long shots of the lush Australian bush. Director Gregor Jordan also made Buffalo Soldiers. Ned Kelly celebrates a good old fashioned outlaw hero. It is an epic that is perfect for the big screen and is well worth a trip to the cinema.

Ned Kelly goes on general release on Friday 26 September

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Sat 27 Sep 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1870
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