The Legend of Ben Hall (2016) – Community Screenings, March 21

Ariel Larkey 21 March 2017

Only the second feature film from Australian director Matthew Holmes, The Legend of Ben Hall is the first feature-length film about the Australian bushranger. Filmed extensively throughout Victoria and New South Wales, including Forbes and Jugiong, the story is set between August 1864 and May 1865.

Sydney-based actor, Jack Martin, plays the titular role of the infamous Ben Hall in his debut feature-film credit. Having received widespread praise for both his likeness to and portrayal of the Australian anti-hero, Martin is set to grace the screen in two more forthcoming companion pieces: The Legend of Frank Gardiner (2018) and The Legend of John Vane (2019).

Having had a limited local run at Palace Electric, you still have an opportunity to catch this ambitious, homegrown, independent production on the big screen. Thus far, all accounts suggest a sterling cinematic effort notable for its unseasoned cast, historical accuracy and genesis in Matthew Holmes’ precursory project, The Last Days of Ben Hall – a 40 minute film crowdfunded in 2014.

Since its release on 1 December, 2016, The Legend of Ben Hall has secured the ‘Cinema Australia Audience Choice Award 2017’, been named ‘Best Foreign Western’ by True West Magazine USA, and received a Bronze ACS Award for Cinematography.

Belconnen Community Centre, located on Swanson Street, will be screening the film at 6:30pm today.

Tickets are $10 or $5 (concession).

For more information, contact: 02 6264 0200.

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