In Melbourne, Australia it is just ticked past 9:00am on the 11th of November. 134 years ago, on this day, Ned Kelly was hung at Old Melbourne Gaol.
And here is, what many people consider the world’s first feature film – and remember this was only made 26 years after Kelly’s death, so many of the people involved in the story were still alive.
The first dramatic narrative to run over 60 minutes in length, but now only fragments remain, many of which are as badly decomposed as Ned Kelly. It also marks the beginning of the film industry in Australia but was banned in Benalla and Wangarratta, Australia, in 1907, and then again in Adelaide in 1911.
Kelly’s actual suit of armour was borrowed from the Victorian Museum and worn in the film.
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An image from the State Library of Victoria shows Ned Kelly making the walk to the gallows at Old Melbourne Gaol.
The Ned Kelly story – in Lego! It runs just over 9 minutes.
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This short piece (6 minutes 13 sec)is a segment from the breakfast television show, Sunrise.
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This documentary from 2009 features Baldrick (sorry, I mean Tony Robinson) digging up Ned Kelly’s past.
Ned Kelly Uncovered follows the first ever excavation of the Glenrowan Inn site where the iconic Australian bushranger and his gang holed up for a showdown with police.
Nearly 130 years later, can a team of archaeologists and historians reveal new insights into Ned Kelly’s final moments of freedom.
With expert commentary from Kelly experts Ian Jones and Alex McDermott, this one hour documentary follows a seven week dig led by archaeologist Adam Ford.
As the archaeologists unearth a host of artefacts including cartridges and bullets, the team conduct tests with fascinating results. Meanwhile the historians strip back the myth, piecing together the clues to give a detailed new look at an iconic Australian, literally from the ground up.
Presenter: Tony Robinson
Producers: Alex West and Lucy Mcalaren
Executive Producers: Joe Connor, Ken Connor, Alex West
Writer/Director: Alex West
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This short piece goes 18 minutes.
Episode from the 1999 TV series Our Country, presented by Tracy Grimshaw. Tells the story of Ned Kelly with input from descendants of the Kellys & constable McIntyre (who escaped with his life in a shoot out at Stringybark creek) give their thoughts & reflect on the days when Kelly & his gang roamed the area now known as Kelly country.
This documentary goes about 28 minutes, and features noted Kelly historian, Ian Jones, and is narrated by Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell.
The Story of Ned Kelly is a documentary we originally made for a Kelly exhibition in South Bank Melbourne. A strong point is the narration by Charles ( Bud ) Tingwell and appearance by leading Kelly historian Ian Jones. I was totally surprised when Bud agreed to do the read for just 1k. All we had left in the budget. Apparently he had just completed a stage show in Perth and had contacted his agent to see if anything was pending the day i rang. He did the whole read in one take. A real fair dincom professional and a true gentleman. Originally created under the banner of my first production company Picturepond Media, the film continues to enjoy an enthusiastic audience due to its strait forward and authentic portrail of the events that shaped this fascinating story. It really is the journey of a life time..Sorry this is not the whole film. If you want to see it all including extra special features showcasing an intimate tour of the Kelly sites with Ian Jones, please visit our web site. www.bluerangestudio.com.au