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The Violent Earth 

Portrays three generations of the Suttons living in New Caledonia, from 1888 to 1967; where they and the Kanaks work out their destiny on the shrinking land.




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Series cast summary:
Karina Lombard ...  Anna Temaru 3 episodes, 1998
Claudia Karvan ...  Jeanne 3 episodes, 1998
Laure Killing Laure Killing 3 episodes, 1998
Claire Nebout Claire Nebout ...  Hélène 3 episodes, 1998
Joe Petruzzi Joe Petruzzi ...  Vincenzo Scarpinato 3 episodes, 1998
Andrew McFarlane ...  Tom Sutton 3 episodes, 1998
Arnaud Giovaninetti Arnaud Giovaninetti 3 episodes, 1998
Simone Kessell 3 episodes, 1998
Jay Laga'aia ...  Jean-Christian 3 episodes, 1998
Jeremy Callaghan ...  John Sutton 3 episodes, 1998
Bernard Verley ...  Hippocrates 3 episodes, 1998
Bill Hunter ...  Campbell 3 episodes, 1998
Ian Wilmoth Ian Wilmoth ...  Customs Officer 3 episodes, 1998
Rodney Bell Rodney Bell ...  François 3 episodes, 1998
Manu Bennett ...  Wanatcha DuValier 3 episodes, 1998
Brittany Byrnes ...  Helene, as a child 3 episodes, 1998
Alex Cassaretto Alex Cassaretto ...  French Convict 3 episodes, 1998
Martin Copping ...  Mr. Best (1998) 3 episodes, 1998
Daniel Daperis Daniel Daperis ...  Tom (10 years) 3 episodes, 1998
Tamara Donnellan ...  Marie Ange 3 episodes, 1998
Bill Fell Bill Fell ...  Photographer 3 episodes, 1998
Frank Gallacher Frank Gallacher ...  Father Moissan 3 episodes, 1998
Mark Gerber Mark Gerber ...  Roland 3 episodes, 1998
George Ginis George Ginis ...  Prison Guard (1998) 3 episodes, 1998
Elise Bole Hillaireau Elise Bole Hillaireau ...  Clarisses Mother 3 episodes, 1998
Alexander Kiloh Alexander Kiloh ...  Brother / ... 3 episodes, 1998
Leonard Landicho Leonard Landicho ...  Wanatcha (7 years) 3 episodes, 1998
Peter McCauley Peter McCauley ...  Theroux 3 episodes, 1998
Sally McDonald ...  Jill (1998) 3 episodes, 1998
Andrew McKaige Andrew McKaige ...  Gendarme Captain 3 episodes, 1998
Sarah Michail Sarah Michail ...  Jeanne (7 years) 3 episodes, 1998
Rosaline Nachero Rosaline Nachero ...  Clarisse 3 episodes, 1998
Peter O'Brien ...  Yann Chevalier 3 episodes, 1998
Espérance Pham Thai Lan ...  Young Vietnamese (1998) 3 episodes, 1998
Pierre Pudewa Pierre Pudewa ...  Chief Pore 3 episodes, 1998
Justine Saunders Justine Saunders ...  Aunt Junie 3 episodes, 1998
William Takaku William Takaku ...  Magnus 3 episodes, 1998
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...  Bishop Guiart 3 episodes, 1998
Cecilia Trandang Cecilia Trandang ...  Chinese Woman 3 episodes, 1998
George Zavadsky George Zavadsky ...  Chef de Gendarmes 3 episodes, 1998


Portrays three generations of the Suttons living in New Caledonia, from 1888 to 1967; where they and the Kanaks work out their destiny on the shrinking land.

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Australia | France



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1998 (Australia) See more »

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Terre violente See more »

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Could do better
7 July 2002 | by pmforsterSee all my reviews

The plot and characters are hardly worth commenting on - you have seen them before. The performances are competent and the sets adequate for a low budget drama. The most noteworthy thing about this series is that it was meant to be set in large part in the country now called New Caledonia. This is a French territory in the south west pacific which has a troubled history, largely as a result of colonial occupation and which is still unstable. The real history of those islands is interesting and dramatic. This mini-series reduces it to dull cliches. It is rendered even more unwatchable by the main characters having to preface what they say to each other by phrases like, "You are melanesian...." They have to say things like that because they so obviously have not the slightest drop of melanesian blood in their bodies. Perhaps they assume that the audience for this will be too stupid or ignorant to know the difference. There are many fine melanesian actors - the makers should have made an effort to use some of them here. A sad waste of celluloid devoted to what could have been in interesting subject - as colonial in its attitude as the colonialism it attacks.

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