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The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce (2008)

Eight men escape from the most isolated prison on earth. Only one man survives and the story he recounts shocks the British establishment to the core. This story is the last confession of Alexander Pearce.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Pearce (as Ciaran McMenamin)
Robert Greenhill (as Daniel Wyllie)
Bob Franklin ...
Tony Llewellyn-Jones ...
Tony Goodfellow ...
Peter Dowling ...
Matthew Preston ...
Fine Young British Officer
Carl Rush ...
Constable Logan


In 1824 and the British penal colony of VanDiemen's Land is little more than a living hell. Chained to a wall in the darkness of a Hobart cell, Pearce is visited by Father Connolly,the parish priest of the fledgling colony and a fellow Irishman. The harrowing confession Pearce makes, shocks the priest and the British establishment to the core. Written by Anonymous

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Hunger Has No Limit


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25 January 2009 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A Última Confissão de Alexander Pearce  »

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AUD 1,350,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Lead actors Adrian Dunbar, Ciarán McMenamin and producer/co-writer Nial Fulton were all born in the same town, Enniskillen. See more »


The position of the hood on Pearce's head when is to be hanged changes between when it is first put on (covering down to the bridge of his nose) and when he takes the sacrament (down to his forehead). See more »


Philip Conolly: Alexander Pearce, this is the last Lord's day which you can expect to spend on earth. When another Sabbath morn shall dawn you will be numbered with the dead; you will be where you can no longer repent, nor seek salvation. You will then be either saved or lost; in Christian Paradise, or unending torment...
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One man's hunger is another's worst fear.
25 January 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is the story of Alexander Pearce, an Irish Convict taken to Australia by the British.

The story is a gripping tale about survival and hunger amongst a group of convicts.

A story that will surely make one sit back and wonder if they would do the same thing given the same circumstances.

The story of Alexander Pearce will have you stuck to your seat, but at the same time, may have you running for the nearest bathroom.

A truly fascinating and well acted story.


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