‘A vivid portrait of a fallen world that recalls Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian…a visually stylised assault on colonisation and invasion, a kind of terrible dreamscape that carries us along, sometimes trickling and sometimes roaring.’

- Graeme Blundell - The Australian

In 1815 a young convict leads a wretched guerrilla army of outlaws, deserters and bushmen in open rebellion against the morally corrupt government on the notorious prison settlement of Van Diemen's Land. As their numbers grow by the day, Michael Howe's gang threaten to overrun the colony. An epic story of love and betrayal, The Outlaw Michael Howe will chronicle the astonishing true story of the man who pushed Australia to the brink of civil war.


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CRITICAL ACCLAIM

‘A vivid portrait of a fallen world that recalls Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian…Cowell’s film is a visually stylised assault on colonisation and invasion, a kind of terrible dreamscape that carries us along, sometimes trickling and sometimes roaring.’
Graeme Blundell - The Australian

‘There is no shortage of films set in Australia’s colonial past but this one makes you feel like you are seeing the era through new eyes. The dialogue is natural and visually, the film is stunning, with the Tasmanian wilderness making an incredibly beautiful backdrop. Howe good? Very!'
Helen Vnuk – TV Week Guide (Cover story and Pick of the Week)

‘A great slice of colonial lore.’ - TV Pick of the Week
Melinda Houston – Sun Herald Sydney

‘An early shot of a bloke getting his leg amputated is the first sign that The Outlaw Michael Howe is going to be brutal, primitive stuff. Bushranger Howe and his band of rebels make Ned Kelly look like a schoolboy as they burn and pillage their way across Van Diemen’s Land in the early 1800’s.
Herald Sun
 

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF CINEMA AND TELEVISION ARTS (AACTA) 2015
Nominated - Xanthe Heubel (Costume Designer) - Best Costume Design in Television

AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION GUILD AWARDS (APDG) 2014
WINNER - Felicity Abbott (Production Designer) - APDG Award for Design in a Television Drama
Nominated - Xanthe Heubel (Costume Designer) - APDG Award for Costume Design in Television Drama

APRA AWARDS 2014
WINNER - Roger Mason (Composer) - Best Music in a Mini-series of Telemovie
Nominated - Roger Mason (Composer) - Best Original Song composed for the screen

AUSTRALIAN CINEMATOGRAPHERS SOCIETY AWARDS 2014
WINNER - Simon Harding (Director of Photography) Silver Award

EQUITY AWARDS 2014
Nominated - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Tele-movie or Mini-series


TRAILER

KEY CREDITS

THE OUTLAW MICHAEL HOWE - Telemovie 80 minutes
ABC Television in association with Screen New South Wales & Screen Tasmania


Starring: Damon Herriman, Mirrah Foulkes, Rarriwuy Hick, Matt Day, Darren Gilshenan 

Director: Brendan Cowell
Producer: Nial Fulton
Cinematographer: Simon Harding
Production Designer: Felicity Abbott
Costume Designer: Xanthe Huebel
Editor: Peter Crombie
 

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