THE Rural City of Wangaratta and some of its residents are set to feature in the filming of the latest Ned Kelly movie starring Russell Crowe.
The Wangaratta Chronicle can confirm that several key outdoor location scenes for The True History of the Kelly Gang will be filmed in Kelly’s former backyard near Wangaratta and Benalla later this year and the film’s casting agents are keen to hear from locals wanting to act alongside the international cast.
The film, which is based on Peter Carey’s Booker Prize winning novel of the same name, has been described as a “gothic western for our times” and as a “bold, uncompromising film about one of the world’s greatest outlaws and the colonial badlands from which he rose”.
When the film was first announced last year there was fierce debate about the location for shooting with reports that countryside around Clunes, near Ballarat and where much of the Heath Ledger Kelly movie was filmed, would feature rather than in the North East but that now seems resolved.
Wangaratta mayor Ken Clarke said the rural city had been contacted about location filming taking place here but he had received few details as yet.