The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (2005)
"Mary Bryant" (original title)

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A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788.

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Series cast summary:
 Lieutenant Ralph Clarke (2 episodes, 2005)
 William 'Will' Bryant (2 episodes, 2005)
 Governor Arthur Phillip (2 episodes, 2005)
 Martin (2 episodes, 2005)
 Thomas (2 episodes, 2005)
Garry McDonald ...
 Reverend Johnson (2 episodes, 2005)
 Cox (2 episodes, 2005)
 Allen (2 episodes, 2005)
 Mary Bryant (2 episodes, 2005)
 Sam Liley (2 episodes, 2005)
 Sergeant Ryan / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
 Convict (2 episodes, 2005)


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 KGF Vissers

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australia | thief | sea | sail | prisoner | See All (28) »


Her courage paved the way to their freedom


Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including rape, sexuality and some nudity | See all certifications »





Release Date:

30 October 2005 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant  »

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AUD 16,000,000 (estimated)

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(2 parts) | (DVD)

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Had a budget in excess of $15 million, making this the largest television mini-series ever made in Australia. See more »


Clarke: Who are you being loyal to? Mary Bryant? She left you on that beach to die, do you think she'd die for you? She'd never even think of it!
Sam: I wouldn't want her to.
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This mini-series is a must see!
12 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Mary Bryant was a remarkable person and this mini-series starred remarkable actors who held together a wonderfully moving recollection of a dark time in the history of Brittan and the beginnings of Australia. It frightens me that my country was essentially founded with such atrocities and in such inhumane ways. I knew of the injustices that would later come about with more force for the Aboriginal people, but scarcely thought of the convicts that were dumped there. I had never really looked at the first fleet the way I did when watching the series, it opened my eyes and those of all of us who've seen it, that I'm sure. All in all there were top film making and superb character portrayals in a very important story to remember of the right of each human being to live and to have redemption from there (often petty) mistakes. I will be listening up for Alex O'Lachlan's name in the future and am sure to follow Romola's acting career with deep interest.

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