This account of the life of the nineteenth-century Australian bushranger and criminal Ned Kelly has been injected with a loud and aggressive spiritedness. Directed by Justin Kurzel and written by Shaun Grant, from Peter Carey‘s original novel, and an outright fabrication on the known facts concerning the story. Its stylisation creates an almost nightmarish vision with some kaleidoscopic images to unite with the layers of the poetic license taken with Australian history to generate the deprivation where it's characters reached majority.
The films aesthetics with expansive shots of the landscape conflicting with the restricted accommodation space of the family circle work well, and both the work from costume designer Alice Babidge and production designer Karen Murphy are particularly significant. George MacKay demonstrates the leading protagonist's anti-establishment heart by delivering an unhinged performance with his possessed eyes and physical structure assuring that the True History of the Kelly Gang is an absorbing blood-soaked western with hallucinatory characteristics.