Random Passage (2002)

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This film follows a courageous woman's journey from servitude in England to the harsh life of Outport Newfoundland. Along the way she endures many hardships, including attempted rape and ... See full summary »

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 Thomas Hutchings
Aoife McMahon ...
 Mary "Bundle" Keane
Deborah Pollitt ...
 Lavinia Andrews
Daniel Payne ...
 Ned Andrews
Brenda Devine ...
 Jennie Andrews
Ruth Lawrence ...
 Hazel Andrews
Darragh Kelly ...
 Tim Toope
Mike Daly ...
 Ben Andrews
Mary-Lynn Bernard ...
 Sarah Vincent
Michelle Rex ...
 Meg Andrews
Philip Dinn ...
 Josh Vincent
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 Mrs. Armstrong
Andy Jones ...
 Mr. Armstrong
Des Walsh ...
 Captain Brennan
Andrew Younghusband ...
 Matt Escott
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This film follows a courageous woman's journey from servitude in England to the harsh life of Outport Newfoundland. Along the way she endures many hardships, including attempted rape and being abandoned by the father of her child. Written by Fryingham

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Newfoundland as it was
7 November 2002 | by (Newfoundland) – See all my reviews

This mini series was the story of two novels in one. Random Passage was a story that revolved primarily around Levinia, and the Novel Waiting for time revolved around Mary Bundle. When Des Walsh wrote the screenplay he combined the two using Mary as the primary character.

I believe it accurately depicts life in Newfoundland back in the early 19th century. It is only in the last 50-60 years, that us Newfoundlanders have been able to kick against those that hold us down and start living for ourselves. It has been a difficult struggle, and still is in many circles given the stereotypes that still exist. This movie is a prime example of this. The Merchants ruled those around. The fisherman had no other way of making a living. The merchants dictated the price of the fish and often robbed the fisherman.

The coast of Newfoundland is rugged and unforgiving to those not prepared. Until the last 50 years or so, most coastal communities were isolated and to live, you lived off the land and the sea. You adapted or you died.

So I believe this movie is an accurate picture of how rough it was to survive, and Mary Bundle learned to adapt, without giving up her own sense of freedom (if I can use that word) to survive.

I give it 7 of 10


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