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

TV Mini-Series  |  R  |   |  Adventure, Drama
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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 »


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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Another great Aussie Mini Series!
1 November 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Before I start I would like to say Australia has THE BEST MINI SERIES, for example some great Aussie mini series are: Blue Murder, The Day of the Roses, Jessica and this Mary Bryant to name a few while the Americans had crappy ones like the 4400 and Battlestar Gallactica which I was looking forward to but was disappointing. I think the secret to Aussie mini series success is because some are based on true stories and are interesting to learn some true events, they are realistic, you can relate to the characters, the locations show how beautiful Australia is and in these mini series there is a chance that the viewers of these shows have been to the location where it happen and know the area like in The Day of the Roses Granville.

Mary Bryant (based on a true story) shows the life of Mary Broad a young seventeen year old pregnant girl who is on the first fleet sent to Australia for stealing food for her starving family, on the journey over she meets and befriends a man by the name of Wil Bryant who she later marries when they reach land. Sick of their life at the colony they plan to escape with five others and Mary's children to Timor. This is a great story that has a great Australian and international cast who play their roles perfectly. This is another great Aussie mini series that should not be missed just like the other Aussie mini series highly recommended!

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