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MARY is based on the true life story of Mary MacKillop who in the 1860s began an order of nuns to teach poor Catholic children in rural Australia. When she refused to obey the local Bishop,... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Bell ...
Rebecca Scully-Webster ...
Brendan Higgins ...
Brian Harrison ...
Bishop Sheil
Maureen Green ...
Brian McDermott ...
Stephen Leeder ...
Frank Garfield ...
Bishop Reynolds
Roslyn Oades ...
Vanessa Downing ...
Flora MacKillop
Dean Nottle ...
Governor's Gentleman
Lynne Porteous ...
Jane McDermott ...
Sister Clare
Nicholas Findlay ...


MARY is based on the true life story of Mary MacKillop who in the 1860s began an order of nuns to teach poor Catholic children in rural Australia. When she refused to obey the local Bishop, she was ex-communicated. More than 100 years later, in 1995, she was beatified as Australia's first saint. The film follows her tumultuous journey. Written by Kay Pavlou

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Produced with the official support and assistance of the Sisters of St Joseph See more »





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1 December 1994 (Australia)  »

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Mary: The Mary MacKillop Story  »

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The beatification of Mary MacKillop as a Saint was held in Sydney, Australia by Pope John Paul II in January 1995, while the film was in theatrical release in Australia. See more »

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Well done docu-drama...
7 September 2001 | by (Evansville, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

1st watched 9/7/2001 - 7 out of 10(Dir-Kay Pavlou): Well done docu-drama on the life of the 1st saint crowned from Australia by the Catholic church. This story is very compelling and keeps you interested. This "Mary" was very rebellious to the local church authorities, so much so that she was excommunicated once, and sent away by the Father another time, but in the end was recognized as a Saint. It's amazing how people who are looked at as very little in their life by some can become so immortalized when their life is examined more closely. This is basically what happened to her. The documentary footage is of those who knew her as well as those who examined her life and ultimately was involved in making the decision to vote her in as a saint(Titled - a Saintmaker). The footage on the process was not near as compelling as the actual life of this woman, but fortunately the focus was not on the former but more on the later. The parts were also well-played in the dramatic part of the movie which gave the film an almost two movies in one feel. This movie is a rare find, if you can track it down - watch it.

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