The Ballad Of Les Darcy
|Tom Arthur and Zac Garred|
A feature film based on the best-selling book by Peter FitzSimons, this is the true, tragic story of Les Darcy, middleweight boxing champion of Australia at age 19. Born into poverty in 1895 in Maitland, NSW, Darcy was blessed with natural athletic ability and possessed a charm and a heart beyond his years. Driven to provide for his parents and eleven siblings, Darcy rose rapidly through the ranks of Newcastle and Sydney boxing worlds to attract—and defeat—the world’s best fighters. By the outbreak of the Great War, Darcy, “The Blacksmith Boxer”, had become a household name and a national folk hero, but within two years his opponents had dried up, and, although still a minor, his reluctance to enlist saw him hounded, vilified, and outcast by a hostile media. Increasingly desperate and out of options, Darcy skipped Australia for the bustling metropolis of New York City, which embraced him as her own. However, with his past close behind him, this was a journey from which he would never return.
THE BALLAD OF LES DARCY takes place between 1913 and 1917 and follows this remarkable man through a fascinating period of social upheaval in Australian and United States history. The film explores Darcy’s humanity and complexity and is interlaced with some of the most colourful and iconic personas of the early twentieth century, including Tex Rickard, Bat Masterson, H.D McIntosh, Snowy Baker, Jack Johnson, Billy Hughes, Harry Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, Eddie McGoorty and George Carpentier, all of whom play a part in the rise and demise of the man and the legend.
THE BALLAD OF LES DARCY is currently in pre-production.