The National Film and Sound Archive are showing the original Story of the Kelly Gang on their front lawn on Thursday night.
The Story of the Kelly Gang was the world’s first feature film. Made in 1906, it tells the Ned Kelly story using the actual armour (borrowed from the Vic Police so the film-makers could save money), and filmed while the memory of the events was still fresh in the public’s mind.
It was banned in the gang’s home area of Benalla and Wangaratta at the time. Nevertheless, six copies of the film toured Australia for over nine years. It was also popular in England and Ireland.
Unfortunately, only 18 minutes of the original 65-70 minute, multi-reel film remains. The National Film and Sound Archive have digitally restored the film, and will screen it on their front lawn at 8:30pm on Thursday. Musical accompaniment by Endorphin should make this a unique movie experience. And best of all – it’s free!