The Kellys hit the big screen

We’ve just heard the fantastic interview with writer-director, Geoff Davis on ABC Gippsland this morning reveWillKelly-War-frontaling the local connection behind William Kelly’s War, partly set in WWI and post-war. The film is screening 4.30pm Sun 7th June and you will have a chance to meet the director.  Check out the trailer here.

Even though the film tells the story of a farming family from Queensland, the inspiration came from Geoff’s wife, whose forebears included one of Briagolong’s most famous figures, A.H.B Kelly. The town owes much to the Kellys, a driving force behind so many of the industries and facilities that became part of the town’s success story.

This gripping tale is in two parts and reflects the changes wrought on families – and communities – during and after the Great War.  Geoff’s sons co-wrote and starred in the film which critics have praised for its action scenes and high drama, worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster.  (Remarkably, most of it was shot on the family farm in Gippsland, where the boys dug the trenches themselves.)

The war is only part of the story – on returning home, Billy finds much has changed as lawless cattle-rustlers have stolen something irreplaceable – and the desperate hunt begins.

Tickets on sale at the festival, $10, $8 conc.  and head over to our Friends page to enter the big prize draw – one lucky name will be drawn out on Sunday night at the close of the festival. See you there!