‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ Film Review: Outlaw Epic Isn’t True, But It Packs a Punch

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‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ Film Review: Outlaw Epic Isn’t True, But It Packs a Punch
Lots of films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival are based on true stories and real people, but Justin Kurzel’s “True History of the Kelly Gang” may be the only one to admit that even movies based on real life can’t be trusted.

The first words we see on the screen in Kurzel’s dark epic, which had its world premiere on Wednesday in Toronto, are “nothing you are about to see is true.” All of those words fade away except the last one, which then forms the first word of the movie’s title.

So the word truth, in this instance, will mean whatever we want it to mean. “True History of the Kelly Gang” is a true history, it’s a made-up story, it’s a vivid dramatization of one angle on an unknowable story and it’s a riff on the cultural mythmaking
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