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The Story of the Kelly Gang

Ned Kelly in his famed suit of armour.
Directed by Charles Tait
Produced by W.A. Gibson, Millard Johnson, John Tait, Nevin Tait
Written by Charles Tait
Starring Nicholas Brierley, Elizabeth Tait, John Tait
Release date(s) 26 December 1906
Running time 70 min.
Language English
Budget $2,250
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The Story of the Kelly Gang (also screened as Ned Kelly and His Gang) is widely regarded as the world's first feature length film. Its 70 minute length was unprecedented when it was released in 1906. The movie traces the life of the legendary Australian bushranger, Ned Kelly (1855-1880). It was written and directed by Charles Tait. The film's approximate reel length is 1219.2 metres (4,000 feet). It was released in Australia on the 26th December 1906 and in the UK in January 1908. The film cost an estimated $2,250 and was filmed in the following locations, St Kilda (indoor scenes), Eltham, Greensborough, Heidelberg, Melbourne, Mitcham and Rosanna which are all located in Victoria, Australia. Image File history File links Image of the 1906 film, The Story of the Kelly Gang the first full length feature film about the Australian bush ranger, Ned Kelly. ... Charles Tait (1868-1933) was the director and writer of The Story of the Kelly Gang, an Australian film, regarded as the worlds first feature length film. ... Charles Tait (1868-1933) was the director and writer of The Story of the Kelly Gang, an Australian film, regarded as the worlds first feature length film. ... December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, 361st in leap years. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Bushrangers were outlaws who used the Australian bush as a refuge to hide from the authorities between committing their robberies, roughly analogous to the British-American highwayman. Their targets often included small-town banks or coach services. ... Ned Kelly the day before his execution Edward Ned Kelly (c. ... Charles Tait (1868-1933) was the director and writer of The Story of the Kelly Gang, an Australian film, regarded as the worlds first feature length film. ... St Kilda () is a inner city suburb of the Victorian capital of Melbourne. ... Eltham is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. ... Greensborough is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... A view of the city from the castle (Schloss) The castle (Schloss) above the town Shopping district Heidelberg and the other cities of the Neckar valley View from the so called alley of philosophers (Philosophenweg) towards the Old Town, with Heidelberg Castle, Heiliggeist Church and the Old Bridge Heidelberg is... Melbournes Yarra River is a popular area for walking, jogging, cycling, rowing and for relaxing on the banks with a picnic Melbourne (pronounced either or [1]) is the second most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 3. ... Mitcham is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in the state of Victoria. ... Rosanna is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Emblems: Pink heath (floral)Weedy Seadragon (Aquatic) helmeted honeyeater (bird) Leadbeaters possum (faunal) Motto: Peace and Prosperity Slogan or Nickname: Garden State, The Place To Be, On The Move Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Government Const. ...


Only about 10 minutes[1] have survived the 100 years since its release. However, a copy of the programme booklet has also survived, containing both extracts from contemporary newspaper reports of the capture of the gang, and a synopsis of the film, in six 'scenes'. The latter provided audiences with the sort of information later provided by intertitles, and can help historians imagine what the film may have been like. In motion pictures, an intertitle is a piece of filmed, printed text edited into the midst of (i. ...

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The film

The Story of the Kelly Gang tone is of sorrow depicting Ned Kelly as 'the Last of the Bushrangers,' presenting the police hiding under the bed when Aaron Sherritt is shot ('This is the Only Blot on the Police,') and portraying Curnow's action of warning the train as heroic ('Thank God, he Saved the Train.')


Among the surviving images are two scenes that suggest considerable sophistication for that time. The scene of the police shooting parrots in the bush skilfully positions the shooter in the middle ground to the left of the image, firing upwards toward the far right, with the gang watching him from close foreground. The capture of Ned is shot from the viewpoint of the police, as Ned advances, an impressive figure weaving towards them under the weight of his armour and the shock of the bullets.


Screenings

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The first showing was in Melbourne at the Athaneum Hall on 26 December 1906 to much controversy. Many groups at the time including some politicians and the police interpreted the film as glorifying criminals and in Benalla and Wangaratta the film was banned in 1907, and then again in Victoria in 1912. [2] The film toured Australia for over 20 years and also showed in New Zealand and Britain. The backers and exhibitors made "a fortune" from the film. Image File history File links Image of the 1906 film, The Story of the Kelly Gang the first full length feature film about the Australian bush ranger, Ned Kelly. ... Image File history File links Image of the 1906 film, The Story of the Kelly Gang the first full length feature film about the Australian bush ranger, Ned Kelly. ... December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, 361st in leap years. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


Trivia

  • One of the gang's actual suits (probably Joe Byrnes') was supposedly used in the film.
  • First film to run for more than 40 minutes and thus considered the first full-length feature film ever made.
  • Only fragments of this film are known to survive and are being restored by the National Film and Sound Archive Australia (See [1]).
  • The trains shown in the film were filmed with permission from the Victorian Railways Commission.
  • In 1906, the producers claimed authenticity, but apologised to the public for dressing the police in uniforms, which they would not have worn while out in the bush. This was explained as necessary to enable the audience to distinguish between the outlaws and the police, in a time before colour film and when close-ups (allowing distinctions among characters) were rare.

Cast

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Actor Role
Nicholas Brierley Joe Byrne
Elizabeth Tait Kate Kelly
John Tait School Master
Bella Cola
Vera Linden
Frank Mills
Ollie Wilson
E.J. Tait Extra
Frank Tait Extra

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Other Ned Kelly films

Since Ned Kelly premiered the full length feature format, one could argue that it is fitting the Australian icon returns to the same format for each generation.

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References

  1. ^ Hogan, David. World's first 'feature' film to be digitally restored by National Film and Sound Archive. Retrieved on 2006-10-24.
  2. ^ Berryman, Ken. Restoration of The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906). Retrieved on 2006-10-05.

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  Results from FactBites:
 
True History of the Kelly Gang - Peter Carey (2420 words)
It does not matter that we are unable to pin Kelly to the facts of his life, only that we are willing and prepared to accept him as Carey reveals him to us, and to trust the kaleidoscopic array of characters and situations and the often startling images employed by Carey to create them.
Ned writes down his story for his daughter: "raised on lies and silences" himself he wants her to know the truth, knowing he is unlikely to ever be able to tell her himself.
Kelly gets a parcel of land, but it is not enough to lift the family out of desperation.
*Ø*  Wilson's Almanac free daily ezine | Ned Kelly's Last Stand | Ned Kelly gang Glenrowan Inn siege shootout ... (1255 words)
The most wanted outlaws the country has ever known, the four-member Kelly Gang, had £8,000 on their heads, at a time when a labouring man's wages were about 15 shillings a week.
Victorians signed a petition against Kelly's sentencing, and an inquiry was held in which all the police officers involved in Ned's exploits were either made redundant or demoted.
Kelly Gang member Joe Byrne, opium addict and something of a poet, was propped up against the door of the Benalla lock-up for photographer Arthur Burman.
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