Crowd funding plight for Ned movie

MELBOURNE based writer / director producer Matthew Holmes has launched an ambitious crowd-funding campaign in a bid to create “the most authentic Ned Kelly film in Australian history”. IMAGE: Supplied by Matthew Holmes

A KICKSTARTER campaign has been launched to raise $2.5million to fund a movie depicting the “true story” of Ned Kelly.

The team behind independently produced 2016 feature, The Legend of Ben Hall, hope to reunite for the second of the Legends Anthology.

Melbourne based writer / director / producer Matthew Holmes and his team aim to create an epic feature biopic, chronicling the life of Australia’s most infamous outlaw.

“We aim to portray the character and story with a strict adherence to historical accuracy and documented research,” Matthew says.

To raise the production finance, have launched their Kickstarter campaign, with their $2.5 million bid the most ambitious crowd-funded film project ever launched in Australia. They need to achieve their target by 30 June. They’ve raised just over $79,000 to date in pledges.

“We’re encouraging people to make pledges from as low as $5 and as high as $12,500 with DVDs, Blu-Rays, books, posters, memorabilia and on-set visits on offer as rewards,” says Matthew. “Several major motion pictures have secured funding using Kickstarter, but there has never been an Australian feature that has ever attempted such a large target.”

Matthew says the team is confident that they can reach their goal, given the tremendous global audience response to The Legend of Ben Hall and the world-wide infamy of their new protagonist.

It’s been 15 years since Heath Ledger donned the outlaw’s steel helmet in Gregor Jordan’s Ned Kelly.

“Ours is a very different film to any Ned Kelly film in the past,” says Matthew. “We are interested in finally putting the true story of Ned Kelly on the big screen and stripping away all the mythology. The true story is far more fascinating than the fictionalised adaptation,” says Matthew.

Matthew’s previous feature, The Legend of Ben Hall began as a Kickstarter crowd-funded film in 2014, raising over $100,000 for a short film that eventually grew into a full-length feature.

This multi-award winning film has since been released in 22 countries including North America in August through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Legend of Ned Kelly is co-written by Melbourne Ned Kelly enthusiasts/historians Aidan Phelan and Steve Jager and produced by Matthew’s production company Two Tone Pictures along with Fox Studios Australia based RLC Motion Picture Entertainment.

To view the campaign and make a pledge, please click here.