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Documentary Proposal For 'ned Kelly: Sinner Or Saint?"

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The latter of Australians know of Ned Kelly. Ned Kelly the outlaw who wore an extraordinary suit of armour, led a fierce gang of bushrangers, and challenged the law and its enforcers. This documentary will look at the man behind the mask. To some, he is nothing more than a notorious criminal who unforgivably chose to take up arms against society. To others, Ned is a national hero, icon of the Australian imagination, and embodiment of the Australian spirit. Sinner or saint, his story deserves to be told.The documentary will commence with a panning shot of the Australian bush accompanied by natural sounds. This will establish the setting and mood. After the camera has scanned the area it will track in on a young boy being swept off the banks of a creek. The screen will fade to black and the sound of running footsteps will be played. The camera will now be focused on the legs of the running person. It will zoom out to reveal a young Ned Kelly trying to escape from something. He will come to a halt to catch his breath when he notices the young boy drowning in the creek. Ned will then heroically dive in and save the drowning boy. Back on the banks, the young boy will reward Ned with a green sash. This dramatisation shows the audience that even though Ned was a bit of a trouble maker in his early years, he was also very sympathetic and compassionate.The dramatisation continues with the camera slowly zooming in on the sash as Ned ties it to his person. Using montage, the sash becomes tainted as it commences to zoom out, revealling Ned Kelly, now in his late teens, standing in a dark courtroom. The darkness sets an eerie mood, somewhere where Ned doesn't want to be. The judge will state the crimes Ned has commited and Ned will respond, "My father is dead so I must support my family, and I will." The judge will give Ned six months hard labour and start laughing as the screen fades to black. The conclusion of the dramatisation informs the audience that Ned was both the family man and the man of the family. His determination and compassion are shown in his words. The judges laugh symbolizes Ned's inferiorityThe objective of this documentary is to withdraw from the focus of Ned as a criminal and to unearth his identity and true passion as an Australian. A mixed documentary combining narration, cinema-verite, dramatisations, and interviews with Ned's mother and law officers will be used to acknowledge this man in his journey for justice and freedom.Family photos will now be presented to the viewers, as Ned's mother, through interview, describes home life for the Kelly family. She will explain Ned's emotions and actions towards moving to Eleven Mile Creek, his father's death, poverty, and the law and its enforcers. This interview reveals Ned's bravery, boldness and again, compassion through tough times. His distrust and dislike of the authorities can also be gathered from the interview. Ned's mother describes him as "a pure hearted man doing what he had to do...

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