Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness.
The dramatic story of the Blitz is re-told using the first-hand accounts of those who lived through it, re-imagined by survivors, actors and relatives and woven together with extraordinary archive footage.
Will Bryant and Mary are among the petty common criminals who are condemned by British justice to deportation to the new Botany Bay penal colony in Australia. The long sailing voyage is eventful, with them falling in love but her also seducing the noble, naive lieutenant Ralph Clarke. In the colony, life is terribly harsh. Ultimately, the pair and some other convicts organize a successful escape by boat. Barely alive, they reach Dutch Timor, and hope to be in the clear. Written by
Had a budget in excess of $15 million, making this the largest television mini-series ever made in Australia. See more »
Governor Arthur Phillip:
Nearest civilization, Timor - three or four thousand miles away. They'd have to negotiate reefs, plus twelve-hundred miles of open sea. And with the burden of carrying a woman, and children, no - even if they survive the sea, they'll never survive each other.
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A truly phenomenal film which has restored my faith in the Australian Film Industry. However, it was too good to be a telemovie - I wonder why they did not give it a go at the cinemas.
It is going to clean up at the AFIs - I hope it does.
Everyone's acting was fantastic, the plot was incredible and everything about it made me question how Australia could possibly have made it. I mean we are notorious for creating crap films and then telemovies like 'Jessica' and 'Mary Brant' come along and you just go "aaaaah, thank god!" A well deserved 9/10, I hope channel 10 get the ratings and accolades they deserve for this.
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