How a 'gonzo' press gang forged the Ned Kelly legend

Kerrie Davies, Willa McDonald

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Washington Post publisher, Philip L. Graham, famously declared that journalism is the “first rough draft of history”. It’s also the first rough draft of inspiration for movies and books “based on a true story”. Since four Victorian journalists witnessed Ned Kelly’s last stand on June 28 1880, their vivid accounts have influenced portrayals of the bushranger – from the world’s first feature film in 1906 to Peter Carey’s 2000 novel, True History of the Kelly Gang, adapted to a gender-bending punk film earlier this year.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation. Academic rigour, journalistic flair.
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2020

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  • Australian Journalism History
  • Ned Kelly
  • Literary Journalism History
  • Journalism
  • Australian history
  • Australian film
  • Friday essay
  • news reporting
  • Gonzo
  • bushrangers
  • Film history


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