The Story of the Kelly Gang

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The Story of the Kelly Gang

silent film partially lost film

The Story of the Kelly Gang

Release Date: December 26, 1906

Year    :   1906
Slogan    :   «The Most Sensational, The Most Thrilling and Interesting LIVING PICTURES EVER TAKEN.»
Genres    :   History, Action, Drama, Crime
Production Companies    :   Johnson and Gibson, J. & N. Tait
Director    :   Charles Tait
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RunTime    :   32 mins.

Just as Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) is testimony to German silent film art, The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) symbolises both the birth of the Australian film industry and the emergence of an Australian identity. Even more significantly it heralds the emergence of the feature film format. The Story of the Kelly Gang, directed by Charles Tait in 1906, is the first full-length narrative feature film produced anywhere in the world. Only fragments of the original production of more than one hour are known to exist and are preserved at the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra. (

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