The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)

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True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80).



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Credited cast:
Elizabeth Tait ...
John Tait ...
School Master
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Campbell ...
Steve Hart
Bella Cola
Will Coyne ...
Joe Byrne
Sam Crewes ...
Dan Kelly
Jack Ennis ...
Steve Hart
John Forde ...
Dan Kelly
Vera Linden
Mr. Marshall ...
Dan Kelly
Mr. McKenzie ...
Steve Hart
Frank Mills ...
Ollie Wilson


True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80).

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Release Date:

26 December 1906 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A Kelly banda története  »

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$2,250 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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A combination of celebration and despair greets a viewing of this special presentation of footage and imagery from the historic 1906 feature film.
28 June 2007 | by (Chinatown, California) – See all my reviews

The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) symbolizes both the birth of the Australian film industry and the emergence of an Australian identity. Even more significantly it heralds the emergence of the feature film format.

The world's first feature-length movie was directed by Charles Tait and filmed at the Tait family's Chartersville Estate in the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg. Originally there were no inter-titles; narration was performed by an on-stage lecturer who also provided sound effects including gunfire and hoofbeats. It cost £1000 to make, but that money and more was recovered within its first week of screening. It premiered in Melbourne on Boxing Day 1906, and was later shown across Australia, in New Zealand and in Britain.

Only fragments of the original production of more than one hour are known to exist and are preserved at the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra. While some of the footage is almost pristine, other segments are severely distorted. The sensitive nitrate stock on which the film was shot deteriorated quickly in storage, so as we watch Ned make his final stand against the police at Glenrowan in his legendary suit of armor, he bends and morphs in much the same manner as a modern-day digital effect.

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