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Thread #149083   Message #3471101
Posted By: Sandra in Sydney
25-Jan-13 - 04:26 AM
Thread Name: Ned Kelly to Have a Funeral
Subject: RE: Ned Kelly to Have a Funeral
1906 film 'The KellyGang'- watch clip here

    Made in 1906, only 26 years after bushranger Ned Kelly was hanged, The Story of the Kelly Gang depicted the exploits of Kelly and his gang and was the first feature-length film produced in Australia and possibly the world. Made at a time when films were only about 15 minutes long, it had a running time of between 60 and 70 minutes. The film was a huge success, playing to packed audiences when it opened in Melbourne, and it is said to have made a huge 25,000 profit after costing 1,000 to make. In 2006, 100 years after it was first shown, only about 17 minutes of the film have been recovered; the film is held by the National Film and Sound Archive.

    Ned Kelly's defiance of authority, his legendary courage and his position as an underdog have made him a folk hero and he has been the subject of at least ten films, numerous books and a series of paintings by Sir Sidney Nolan. The son of poor Irish settlers, Kelly was often the target of police harassment. After being declared outlaws, Kelly and his gang eluded police for 16 months, during which time they carried out daring robberies at the Euroa and Jerilderie banks. Following his capture, Kelly was sentenced to death and hanged on 11 November 1880.