After the success of his chilling feature debut Snowtown in 2011 and his stylish 2015 Macbeth, it was inevitable that Australian director Justin Kurzel would make the move to Hollywood and try his hand at a bigger budgeted production.
However when Yahoo Movies spoke exclusively to the filmmaker when promoting his new film True History of the Kelly Gang, he admits his experience shooting 2016’s video game adaptation Assassin's Creed was a difficult one.
Even its leading man Michael Fassbender eventually distanced himself, admitting it “took itself too seriously”, struggling to overcome the video game-to-film curse.
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“[Assassin's Creed] was a really challenging film to make,” Kurzel tells Yahoo. “There was a sense of going back [to shoot in Australia] to find one's self again, creatively, that led me to True History.”
“The scale of [Assassin's Creed] was enormous and being able to manage the number of people...” he said.
“In some ways True History was an antithesis to Assassin's, it was about getting back to Australia and getting back to a story and a group of characters I felt familiar with.”
Based on the Peter Carey novel, True History of the Kelly Gang depicts the story of the legendary outlaw Ned Kelly, played here by 1917's George MacKay, with supporting roles for the director's wife Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult and Russell Crowe.
It's the first time Kurzel has returned to home soil since Snowtown, having helmed both Macbeth (also starring Fassbender) and Assassin's Creed overseas.
True History of the Kelly Gang is released in cinemas on 28 February.