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True History of the Kelly Gang (18)
Despite his relatively short life, Ned Kelly’s story is woven into Australian legend becoming a near-mythical figure in the mould of Jesse James and Robin Hood. Kurzel's film delivers a fierce counterpoint to the traditional Kelly legend by exploring his dysfunctional childhood and abuse, and is a vivid tale of defiance, rebellion and anarchy. Kelly is part of a rebellious Irish immigrant family, bristling against the outback justice imposed by local police. He falls under the influence of a bush-ranger with little regard for colonial authority and each encounter with the law pushes Kelly further into a dedicated life of crime. With a gang around him to help with the horse thieving and shootouts, and many Australian settlers applauding his exploits, tensions build toward an epic final showdown.