From Mick Jagger to Heath Ledger: Australia's bungled quest to make a great Ned Kelly film

With Justin Kurzel’s new movie in the works, will Australia’s favourite villain finally get the film treatment he deserves?

The quest to make a great Ned Kelly movie has consumed Australian film-makers since the dawn of cinema, even playing a part in the formation of the medium itself: 1906’s The Story of the Kelly Gang was not only Australia’s first ever feature film, but the first made anywhere in the world.

Since then, the legendary bushranger’s cinematic journey has proven long and chequered, but enters an exciting new phase with South Australia-born director Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Peter Carey’s critically acclaimed novel True History of the Kelly Gang, which begins shooting in Victoria in March.

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