A new movie about Ned Kelly should be shot in locations across the Euroa electorate, State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan has told Parliament.
Ms Ryan has written to Screen Australia to invite the film’s producers to shoot in the region.
The film, which is set to feature Russell Crowe, Travis Fimmel and Dacre Montgomery, is reportedly based on Peter Carey’s book The True History of the Kelly Gang.
Ms Ryan said while she was disappointed the film was not based on the historically accurate book The Inner History of the Kelly Gang written in the 1920s by J.J. Kenneally, she still hoped it would be shot in Kelly country.
‘‘The Euroa electorate — from Kilmore to Glenrowan — covers some of the most significant sites in Kelly history,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘Ned was born at Wallan and members of the extended family, including my own great-great-great-great grandfather John Lloyd, made several appearances at the Kilmore Courthouse for a number of indiscretions, before they moved to north-east Victoria.
‘‘Whether it’s Avenel where Ned rescued a young Richard Shelton from drowning in Hughes Creek and where Ned’s father Red Kelly is buried, the bank at Euroa, which was the scene of the Kelly’s infamous robbery or the original Kelly farm at Greta, our region is strongly connected to the Kelly story.
‘‘Filming the movie where the Kelly gang roamed would give our region great exposure to millions of people around the world.’’
Ms Ryan has her own personal connection to the Kelly story. Her great-great-great-grandmother Mary Lloyd Tanner was first cousins with Ned Kelly.
Mary and her husband William Tanner were Kelly sympathisers who assisted the gang while they were on the run.
‘‘While the history of the Kellys is still in dispute for some people, there can be no doubt that it is one of the most significant stories of our region,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘As such, it would be great if the producers of the new Ned Kelly movie took the time to consider whether the film can be shot in the heart of Kelly country.’’
Benalla Rural City Mayor Don Firth said that the city had been working with the film producers for a number of months on potential filming locations for a Ned Kelly movie.
‘‘We understand the process of finalising a location is ongoing,’’ Cr Firth said.
‘‘Locating filming in the local area has a number of benefits. It provides an excellent way for images of our scenic and impressive region to be shown to a huge audience.
‘‘We know this converts to visitation, which in turn, contributes, in an ongoing way, to our economy.
‘‘We are very open to being a host for the filming of movies. We know that securing the right locations is complicated and many factors have to be considered in the final decision.’’