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A comedy based on the rise and fall of Ned Kelly and his gang of Outlaws.

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Abe Forsythe

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Abe Forsythe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Felix Williamson ... Sinclair
Abe Forsythe ... Ned Kelly
Damon Herriman ... Steve Hart / Orderly
Nick Flint Nick Flint ... Dan Kelly / Tour Bus Guide
Josef Ber ... Joe Byrne / Orderly
Jeremy Sims Jeremy Sims ... Mr. Kelly
Caitlin McDougall Caitlin McDougall ... Mrs. Kelly
Drew Forsythe Drew Forsythe ... Narrator
Michala Banas ... Muffy
Tim Richards Tim Richards ... Hawkins / Ned Kelly World Ned
Shaun Loseby ... Young Boy
Ryan Johnson ... Henchman Shanahan
Michael Falzon ... Henchman Williams
Sean Lynch ... Henchman Byrne
Septimus Caton Septimus Caton ... Henchman Morrissey
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A comedy based on the rise and fall of Ned Kelly and his gang of Outlaws.

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Hero. Lover. Dickhead. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Western

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 2003 (Australia) See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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There's a character named Yuen Wah after martial arts acting legend Yuen Wah who to the unknown was Bruce Lee's stunt double and attended the Peking Opera School with Sammo Hung,Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao. See more »

Quotes

Townsmember: Nice pony!
Ned Kelly: He's a horse.
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The Director wishes to thank... The Virgin Blue stewardesses for looking after me on all my trips to Melbourne. This film is dedicated to all of you. See more »

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Spoofs Magnolia (1999) See more »

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Saddled with a lot of repetitive bowel movements.
27 May 2003 | by mlmmelSee all my reviews

This is NOT the Ned Kelly movie released in April of this same year (the one with Heath Ledger in the lead). This is the low-budget, low-brow, Ned Kelly spoof written and directed by, (and starring), Abe Forsythe. Ned 'takes the piss' out of every aspect of the nation's favourite outlaw making some very droll comments about legends and myths along the way. For the first 15 to 20 minutes it is actually quite consistently funny, and there is a handling of the comic material which has a distinctly and delightfully Australian character. Among the co-stars are many familiar faces of Australian TV and theatre, Jason Donovan for instance as Father Thompson and do have a squint at the 'Çock-sucking Cowboy' when Ned orders a drink at a bar in the town of Glenrowan. Felix Williamson stands out in his role as Kelly's arch nemesis, Governor Sinclair, which he plays with energy. Seasoned Aussie Thespian Drew Forsythe (Abe Forsythe's Dad) is hilarious as the crusty old waffler narrating the story to a sneering and disinterested youngster. Unfortunately it just all too quickly runs out of breath and sinks slowly, but irretrievably into a quagmire of fart and poo jokes. Perhaps, instead of a 90-minute movie Ned would have been better off as a series of skits on something like Fast Forward. There is a lot of good skit material here in fact. Touted as 'Pythonesque', or as 'Monty Python meets South Park', I personally would have to stress the 'esque' in the Python and add 'ísh' to that. The humour is certainly daffy enough to be likened to Monty Python and crude enough to be likened to South Park but lacks the wit and inspiration of either.There is one shoot 'em up scene in which Donovan as Father Thompson resembles for a moment that Knight from Search for the Holy Grail, defiant despite the loss of all his limbs. More examples of the Pythoonesque (ish) humour are Mr Kelly (Ned's syphlitic father) and his rubber farm and Ned himself robbing banks upon the back of a Shetland pony, (which he insists is a horse). The funny moments like these are unfortunately saddled with a lot of repetitive bowel movements and a heavy handedness that is left flogging a dead horse. I was gratified to find the seats at the Wallis Academy cinema, Hindmarsh Square, comfortable enough in which to pass the last hour of Ned in a state of semi-consciousness.


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