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

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AUD 16,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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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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An outstanding evocation of time, place and human experience
18 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was an excellent and entertaining movie, with convincing costumes and settings. The depiction of the horror of the sea voyages, the appalling nature of life in the convict settlement (scarcely better for the overseeing officials then for the convicts) and the relative luxury and colour of life in the Dutch colony of Timor were all powerfully vivid and evoked a strong sense of place and time. However, too perfect teeth are a recurring difficulty in period movies! The casting of the main characters was first rate, with Romola Garai as Mary shedding the fragility and innocence we saw in 'I Capture the Castle', and displaying considerable depth and emotional strength. Jack Davenport's outstanding performance as one of the marine officers was characterised by moral ambivalence and confusion in someone half a world away from his cultural certainties. Alex O'Loughlin as Will Bryant was a very effective counterweight to Davenport, giving a compelling account of a convicted Cornish smuggler and fisherman struggling within his own clear if unconventional moral framework. This fine team were supported by equally strong performances from the rest of the cast. Authenticity of detail of costume and setting was not however matched by authenticity of narrative – the script takes liberties with events, relationships and the fates of some characters. Although much is not known about Mary's life, some known facts were abused! However the main thrust of Mary's story retains its integrity and the movie provides a welcome testament to an otherwise neglected extraordinary figure from English – and Australian - history.


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