William Kelly's War

William Kelly's War is a 2014 Australian low-budget film, set during World War I. It was directed by Geoff Davis, and written by his sons Josh and Matthew.

William Kelly's War
Directed byGeoff Davis
Produced by
  • Phil Avalon
  • Kevin Jones
  • James Vernon
Written by
  • Josh Davis
  • Matthew John Davis[1]
StarringTony Bonner[1]
Music byPhil Lambert
CinematographyDamien Beebe
Edited by
  • Andrew Knight
  • Digby Hogan
Distributed by
Running time
106 minutes[2]


  • Tony Bonner as Mr Kelly, the patriarch of the family. He is killed by bushrangers while Billy is fighting in Europe.[3]
  • Josh Davis as William "Billy" Kelly, an Australian soldier in Gallipoli and France during World War I
  • Matthew John Davis as Jack Kelly, the brother of Billy
  • Ella McIlvena as Jess Kelly, the sister of Billy
  • Helen Davis as Marjorie Kelly, the matriarch of the family
  • Lachlan Hulme as Paddy, the cousin of the Kelly siblings[4]
  • Maureen Alford


The battle and trench scenes were shot on the Davis family farm in Victoria, with fortifications being made from chipboard, mud and cement.[1]


The film was originally titled The Stolen when it premiered in Cannes in May 2014, and was released in theatres across rural Victoria on 30 October that year.[4]


  1. Buckmaster, Luke (30 October 2014). "William Kelly's War review – big-minded small-budget war movie". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  2. Hatherley, Frank (27 October 2014). "William Kelly's War". Screen Daily. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  3. "Win tickets to see William Kelly's War at Reading Cinema Maitland". The Maitland Mercury. 26 October 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  4. Young, Peter (11 November 2014). "AT THE MOVIES: Director gives it his best shot in William Kelly's War". Central Western Daily. Retrieved 22 June 2019.

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