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

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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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Her courage paved the way to their freedom


Adventure | Drama

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





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30 October 2005 (Australia)  »

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AUD 16,000,000 (estimated)

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Will: I don't know that I can get us across.
Mary Bryant: Of course you don't, it's a risk, but you've gone from Cornwall across to Spain - the same distance, you said it yourself, and you'll be the one to get us to Timor.
Will: I didn't exactly do that - sail across to Spain, I didn't exactly do that. I can read a chart better than a book, I can hug a coastline, feel a boat around rocks, but I've never taken a boat outside of land in my life, and I don't intend to now. Listen to it, it's our last stroke of luck and ...
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10 May 2007 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

The reaction to the British miniseries 'The incredible journey of Mary Bryant' seems to be a sign of the times: Whereas the accolades poured in for the portrayals of Mary and her husband, the masterfully portrayed character of Officer Clarke was misunderstood / brushed over and his complex relationship with Mary largely ignored. In my book Mary was a selfish b..., solely driven by the will to survive, with little regard for the feelings of others except those of her immediate family. Officer Clarke, on the other hand, is a much more complex character: The product of a morally strict and repressive upbringing, he is basically a decent, kind man who ends up acting mercilessly (within the framework of the cruelty sanctioned or even demanded by his job) when his pride is wounded. That is his Achilles' heel. He suffers intense humiliation when Mary, in pursuit of her own selfish agenda, at first liberates him from his inhibitions and then betrays his trust and makes a fool of him in front of his peers. The realization of her callous exploitation of his kindness and his feelings seriously wounds his whole identity. Nevertheless, he can't get himself to kill her when he has her at his mercy (in his musket's visor): Twice he lets her escape; it's only the third time that he finally 'delivers her to justice' - and had Mary not once again revealed her falseness to him by sidling up to him again, he probably would have let her escape once more. All the time he finds himself in the struggle to keep his dignity. Jack Davenport's superb portrayal of this emotionally rich and complex character deserves the highest praise. To me it was the actual focus of the film. Barbara N.

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