Based on a true story, Ned Kelly is unable to support his family in the Australian outback, he turns to stealing horses in order to make money. He gets more deeply drawn into the outlaw ... See full summary »
Four-part mini-series telling the true story of Australia's most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly. Portraying his childhood and apprenticeship with bushranger Harry Power, the formation of the Kelly Gang, the shoot-out at Stringybark Creek, the hold-ups and years on the run. Culminating in the siege at Glenrowan, the trial and his inevitable fate.Written by
The first episode was aired on the 100th anniversary of Ned Kelly's death. Kelly was hanged at the Old Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Constable Thomas Lonigan on the 11th of November 1880. Some believe that his last words on the gallows were "Such is life". See more »
Dramatic and involving story of a romantic villain/hero.
This is a careful, engaging and dramatically convincing biography of Australia's favourite bushranger, that is, outlaw, Ned Kelly, his defiance of the law, robberies, murders, courage, capture and death by hanging. It is slightly fictionalized and certainly romantic, as is his legend, but the writer has tried to keep close to the facts and probable motivation. The acting is good, with John Jarratt a convincing Ned and Sigrid Thorton as his feisty sister, Kate. The series does justice to the myth of Kelly, the semi-literate robber who could write inspiring dreams of an Irish-Australian republic and face heavily armed police wearing rustic armour made from farm implements. The supporting cast is very fine, the most memorable (and possibly true) line being that of Ned's mother before his execution: "Be sure you die like a Kelly!"
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