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Docu-drama: Nial Fulton goes as far as he can, guns blazing while horses scream in the night

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David Tiley

Step beyond the familiar stories in our history, and production becomes even more of a crusade than the usual disciplines of telefeatures. Somhow, Nial Fulton became addicted to true stories, and his

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Step beyond the familiar stories in our history, and production becomes even more of a crusade than the usual disciplines of telefeatures. Somhow, Nial Fulton became addicted to true stories, and his joy comes through our discussion of The Outlaw Michael Howe.

"Carlisle received a ball in the groin and three slugs in the breast, of which wounds he died within an hour; Mr. Jemott was badly wounded by a ball passing through the thick part of the thigh, in which part Triffit was also wounded, and Murphy in the abdomen. O'Birne received a Ball in the cheek which perforated the Tongue and lodged in the neck, causing his death in a few days."

Thus the gang of banditti led ultimately by Michael Howe shot down Mr. McCarty's hunting party, as recorded in "The Last and Worst of the Bush-Rangers of Van Dieman's Land" by Thomas E. Wells.

Producer Nial Fulton, lately of Ireland but a loyal jimmygrant by virtue of love first read that booklet while researching The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, his dramatized documentary about our most beloved gang of cannibal fugitives.

The Outlaw Michael Howe - Official Trailer - Madman from In Films on Vimeo.

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David Tiley is the editor of Screen Hub.