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The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)

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

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Charles Tait

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Charles Tait
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Cast

Credited cast:
Elizabeth Tait Elizabeth Tait ... Kate Kelly
John Tait John Tait ... School Master
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Campbell Norman Campbell ... Steve Hart
Bella Cola Bella Cola
Will Coyne Will Coyne ... Joe Byrne
Sam Crewes Sam Crewes ... Dan Kelly
Jack Ennis Jack Ennis ... Steve Hart
John Forde John Forde ... Dan Kelly
Vera Linden Vera Linden
Mr. Marshall Mr. Marshall ... Dan Kelly
Mr. McKenzie Mr. McKenzie ... Steve Hart
Frank Mills ... Ned Kelly
Ollie Wilson Ollie Wilson
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True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80).

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Country:

Australia

Release Date:

26 December 1906 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Geschichte der Kelly Bande See more »

Filming Locations:

Eltham, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Budget:

$2,250 (estimated)
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The first Australian (theatrical or not) film ever made. See more »

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The World's first feature film!
7 July 2001 | by David AtfieldSee all my reviews

THE STORY OF THE KELLY GANG is believed to be the world's first feature length film. Running at between 65 and 70 minutes, it was billed at the time as the longest film ever made. It toured Australia for nine years and was an enormous success.

Today only fragments survive, and it is hard to judge the film's artistic merits. About nine minutes of footage exists - some found on a garbage dump in Melbourne. Some of this footage may be out-takes. The footage is held by ScreenSound Australia, the National Screen and Sound Archive, in Canberra.

The sequences show some enthusiastic acting, although the camera-work is static (like most films of the period). The most remarkable shot is probably when a priest, carrying a wounded man over his shoulder, walks toward and just past the camera, creating a strong sense of drama and movement. The final shoot-out scene is also well filmed - with Ned Kelly moving, and shooting, toward the camera, as troopers flee to the sides.

A remarkable film, of great historical importance, that all film students should see. Up until World War 1, when initially neutral America began to dominate the world of film distribution, Australia had one of the most thriving and innovative film industries in the world.


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