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Critics praise new Ned Kelly film shot in Clunes

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Film critics have raved about the upcoming new Ned Kelly film, The True History of the Kelly Gang.

The movie was partly shot in Clunes a year ago has had its first showing at the Toronto International Film Festival, with a number of prominent industry reviewers saying the film brings justice to the infamous Kelly Gang.

The film is based on the book written by Bacchus Marsh born author Peter Carey, and has a number of high-profile actors in starring roles.

Directed by South Australian Justin Kurzel, Russell Crowe features as Harry Power, George MacKay as Ned Kelly himself, and Essie Davis as Ned's mother Ellen.

Nicholas Hoult also stars as Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick, while Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy fame plays Sergeant O’Neil.

Reviewing the film, Variety's Guy Lodge writes: "Kurzel’s roughhousing, ripely acted interpretation does full justice to the book’s rugged dirt-poetry vernacular and rich biographical particulars, while staging Kelly’s criminal rise and fall as a vision all its own: a wildly gyrating sensory assault of blood, velvet and strobe lights."

While the Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney has called the movie Kurzel's best work yet, writing: "this is an electrifyingly original retelling of a tale carved out of Australian myth".

A trailer has not yet been shared, while the release date for the movie still remains a mystery, with its full release expected sometime next year.

Image courtesy of TIFF.