Saturday, September 1, 2018

RIP Ian Jones


Author Ian Jones, who wrote about the life of bushranger Ned Kelly, has died at the age of 86

The Border Mail
By Anthony Bunn
August 31, 2018

Ian Jones had a long career in Australian television, and is best remembered for his writing and directing work at Crawford Productions on shows such as Homicide, Matlock Police, The Bluestone Boys and The Sullivans, and for Against the Wind, a highly successful mini-series, created in collaboration with Bronwyn Binns, which explored Australia's convict past.

Jones and his wife Bronwyn Binns created a portrayal of Ned Kelly and his associates when they produced the mini-series, The Last Outlaw, which was shown in 1980. He has also written several reference books about the Kelly gang including the bestseller Ned Kelly: A Short Life and The Fatal Friendship: Ned Kelly, Aaron Sherritt and Joe Byrne. In his work, Jones draws extensively on oral history interviews with descendants of the members of the Kelly Gang, in addition to decades of archival research. Jones also co-wrote the screenplay for the 1970 biopic film Ned Kelly which starred Mick Jagger.


JONES, Ian (Ian Edwards Swainson Jones)
Born: 9/22/1931, Newcastle, Australia
Died: 8/31/2018, Melbourne, New South Wales, Australia

Ian Jones westerns – producer, screenwriter:
Ned Kelly – 1970 [screenwriter]
The Last Outlaw (TV) – 1980 [screenwriter, producer] 

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