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This representation of the Kelly gang, necessarily energized by notions of national identity and apparent belonging, celebrates the primacy of the fraternal pact, and, indeed, pack.
The brothers of this film — and, more specifically, Kelly — are engaged in a battle to protect the fraternity and their masculinity. Indeed, if the maintenance of the homosocial bond is necessarily implicated in the project of asserting the legitimacy of the male voice in the public sphere, Ned Kelly has crafted a battle narrative around the legitimacy of a specific speaking voice.
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If the figure of Kelly is fighting a battle for a violent fraternal speaking voice, what broader battle does this film fight? What wider political and social problems does it seek to solve?
To whom does it give voice? And whose voices does it attempt to silence? As historians, we are necessarily interested in the social and political ramifications of this cultural text. Indeed, part of the reason we began our conversations about this film was not only to unpack the mode of masculinity it privileged, but to connect this articulation to its political moment. In a context where masculinity is said to be in crisis, changes to historical knowledge are forcing a renegotiation of national identities, and the notion of a universal subject position is continually under challenge, a film has emerged that resuscitates conventional masculinist modes of understanding Kelly and, by implication, Australian national identity.
In doing so, Ned Kelly enters the political arena as part of a desire to settle that which has been unsettled. What we are suggesting, then, is that this film is representing the Kelly story in this manner for a particular reason. That is, at a time when the historical narratives that support a particular subject position have been undermined, this film seeks to shore up the foundations of his speaking voice. Historians of film have been all-to-willing to connect films about masculinity to wider anxieties about men in the public sphere.
However, we would like to suggest that there are, in fact, three interconnected crises with which this film engages. In the first instance, Ned Kelly is firmly implicated in the crisis of masculinity said to be plaguing much of the white, western world.
According to this public and political narrative, we are currently going through a masculinity crisis. Mark Latham says [the crisis of masculinity is] about single- parent families, and you find it where boys grow up without dads. A crisis thus implies a temporary aberration from some kind of norm. In light of this drive toward normalcy, Ned Kelly mobilises the Kelly narrative in part as an attempt to re-establish the very masculinity that the crisis discourse views to be under threat.
Significantly, by removing any reference to the power-relations between men and women, contemporary discourses about masculinity-in-crisis ignore the interventions of feminist politics over the past forty years. According to Sarah Maddison, discourses about men in recent times have positioned them precisely as the victims of discrimination and disadvantage.
Indeed, in its glorification of the working class male as the victim of political oppression, this film positions Kelly in a manner that resonates with the notion that the working class male has borne the brunt of the social, political, and economic changes of late twentieth century capitalism. In wider cultural discourses and academic critiques alike, the working class male has been represented as the figure with the most to lose in the shift to a post-industrial economy.
Ned Kelly, however, implores us to get back to a simpler time. Consequently, the film deploys the authority of this historical figure to legitimate a particular contemporary political agenda surrounding masculinity and identity.
The capital-H History this film attempts to draw on — and re-write — has been heavily contested within late-twentieth century academic critiques concerned with race and gender.
Feminism, postcolonialism and postmodernism, whilst disparate, have all disturbed the ability of nations to construct coherent, singular and unchanging visions of their pasts. The exclusions and silences of nationally bounded histories that these 16 Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Vol. In an atmosphere of frequent challenges to traditional narratives of nation and identity in both popular and academic historical production, then, it is significant that Ned Kelly chooses to resurrect what is an unchallenging historical story in a decidedly unchallenging manner.
I believe the balance sheet of Australian history is a very generous and benign one … it is tremendously important [to remember] that the Australian achievement has been a heroic one, a courageous one and a humanitarian one. In a context where the racial politics of Australian knowledge have been both highlighted and denied, Ned Kelly returns to an uncomplicated relationship between the white man and the Australian space.
The crisis in historical knowledge of the past thirty years has manifested itself as a challenge to existing nationalist perspectives of Australian identity. In its construction of the Kelly narrative, however, this film renders an increasingly hard story an easy read.
Rather than challenge existing mythologies, identities or histories, Ned Kelly instead presents an unchallenging, uncomplicated and uninteresting fairy-tale. Remembering that the story told within this film was a choice, there were any number of narrative possibilities which could have been pursued. Taking into account the wisdom of the past forty years of feminist scholarship, for example, a filmic representation of the Kelly legend could surely have found space for the interrogation of the Kelly women.
Similarly, it is possible to consider an interpretation of Kelly in terms of race, as evidenced, for instance, by the work of Deborah Bird Rose. As the political movements and philosophical interventions of the last forty years of the twentieth century so convincingly demonstrated, the apparently universal human subject was, as it turned out, a white man. The social movements and analogous identity politics of the s and s forced the entrance of gay, indigenous and coloured men and women into the public sphere.
The pressures to which Butterss refers have been part of an ongoing reformulation of notions of political legitimacy. The increasing prominence of individuals and groups who fell outside the boundaries of the implicitly white and male subject position demonstrated that any claim to universality was in fact enabled by a series of exclusions.
Indeed, the model of identity politics that characterised much of this change emphasised the idea of difference rather than sameness, specificity rather than universality, and singularity rather than commonality. Increasingly, the crafting of a political voice has required the formulation of a particular speaking position; it is only in the constitution of this subjectivity that those wishing to have a voice in the public sphere can find a platform from which to speak.
If the set of crises that have reverberated through western culture have made claims to universality impossible, this film engages in a process of crafting a mode of address characterised by oppression and violence.
True History of the Kelly Gang
As we have sought to establish in this article, Ned Kelly is a film intimately concerned with masculinist identity. Further, in its discussion of national identity, the film centralises the historical experience of the white man, invoking its particular mode of masculinity in order to legitimate a political voice. This version of Kelly is fighting for what the film pronounces to be a battle over political legitimacy.
As such, Ned Kelly can be read as a transformative resuscitation of a masculinist speaking voice we believed had been thoroughly repudiated by the revelation of its political exclusions and historical silences. The implications of such a transformative resuscitation are neither apolitical nor innocent; far from it.
In a period that has opened the possibility for the articulation of new masculinities, new histories and new identities, Ned Kelly effectively obliterates any chance of movement.
In short, this film operates to close down rather than open up. Pluto Press, For discussions of the Kelly myth and associated ideas, see, for example: Man and Myth North Melbourne: The Legend of Ned Kelly Flemington: And who is it that his memory has been made to serve?
Nonetheless, there have rarely been book-length studies of either historical film or historical novels, particularly by historians. David Coad gestures towards a more general connection between Kelly and the articulation of masculine national identity at the turn of the 21st century.
Australian Masculinities Le Mont-Houy: Presses Universitaires de Valenciennes, A Short Life South Melbourne: Lothian Books,1st pub. Accessed 3rd February Susan Jeffords, Hard Bodies: Gender and the Vietnam War Bloomington: Indiana University Press,xi. Yvonne Tasker has demonstrated the connection between masculinity and the genre of the war film in her analysis of the performance of female masculinity in recent war films.
Indigenous-European Encounters in Settler Societies, ed. Manchester University Press, The nativisation of Kelly is further reinforced elsewhere in the film when Kelly, at home in this landscape, engages in an unspoken communication of complicity with a wandering but silent tribal Indigenous man. Politics, Technology and Culture for a Better World, ed.
Susan Magarey Kent Town: Wakefield Press, A Short Life, ed. Ian Jones South Melbourne: Lothian Books, Connell, Masculinities St Leonards: If a male from this period imitated certain behaviours common to the Kelly gang such as wearing perfume, dancing with other men, cross-dressing and avoiding intimate contacts with women outside the immediate family, he would automatically be labelled a poofter. Coad, Gender Trouble Down Under: Columbia University Press, Grieg goes on to argue that it is a fear of homosexuality that is animating this so-called crisis.
The idea of a masculinity crisis in Australian public life has recently been centred around a speech given by former Labour leader Mark Latham in a National Press Club Address in February Middle-Class Masculinity Carlton South: Bookman Press, Black Inc, Configurations of Woman and Modernity Ithaca: Cornell University Press, It is possible to comprehend the working class as one of the oppressed minorities that has entered the public sphere to prompt the very crisis under discussion.
He is released and comes home three years later, and starts helping his family with their small horse-breeding farm located near Beechworth. He takes vengeance on Wild Wright by beating him in a prizefightand befriends Julia Cook Naomi Wattsthe beautiful wife of an English land owner who lives nearby.
One night at a bar, a local constable named Fitzpatrick is abusively courting Kate. Ned intervenes and hostilities erupt with Fitzpatrick and his fellow officers. To get back at Ned, they take the Kellys' horses, but with the help of his brother and their friends, Ned steals them back. Some nights later, while Ned and Julia are consummating their blossoming passion in the Cooks' stables, Fitzpatrick shows up at the Kelly farm and asks to see Kate; when she once more rejects him, he tries to arrest Dan for horse stealing, invoking inexistent warrants for him and Ned.
A fight ensues and Fitzpatrick is wounded, and falsely reports that it's Ned Kelly who shot him. In retaliation, the police arrest Ned's mother.
Ned asks Julia to testify he was with her the night Fitzpatrick was at the Kelly's farm, but she would be disgraced by the public acknowledgement of their affair and her husband would take her kids away. Ned, Dan, Joe and Steve become outlaws on the run.
They later meet a patrol in the bushland and kill three officers in a shootout, despite Ned's efforts to have nobody get hurt. During the following months the "Kelly Gang" avoids capture, living in the outback, often without food. In one occasion, Julia gives them shelter at her farm while her husband is away. A large bounty is placed on their heads, and a decree is passed that allows anybody to shoot them on sight without consequences. They rob two English banks and burn the mortgage documents with which the British Crown is starving the selectors.
They give the money from their robberies to poor families in need, and soon become acclaimed as folk heroes by the Victorian population as much as the British media depict them as violent criminals.Ned Kelly (2003)
To solve a situation in danger of escalating into widespread revolt, the Colonial Government sends in stern Superintendent Francis Hare Geoffrey Rushwho arrests many sympathizers including Joe's childhood friend Aaron Joel Edgerton.
Being promised they won't harm Joe, but only the Kellys, Aaron accepts to work as an informant. During a quick visit back into Beechworth, Joe learns Aaron has been seen talking with cops, so the gang decided to feed him false information about their next heist, to test his loyalty. When they see a large group of constables heading to the bank Aaron was told about, they know Aaron betrayed them, and Joe kills him at his house.