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Mary Bryant 

A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788.
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Series cast summary:
Romola Garai ...  Mary Bryant 2 episodes, 2005
Jack Davenport ...  Lieutenant Ralph Clarke 2 episodes, 2005
Alex O'Loughlin ...  William 'Will' Bryant 2 episodes, 2005
Sam Neill ...  Governor Arthur Phillip 2 episodes, 2005
Tony Martin ...  Martin 2 episodes, 2005
David Field ...  Thomas 2 episodes, 2005
Garry McDonald Garry McDonald ...  Reverend Johnson 2 episodes, 2005
Dan Spielman ...  Cox 2 episodes, 2005
Stephen Curry ...  Allen 2 episodes, 2005
Abe Forsythe ...  Sam Liley 2 episodes, 2005
Linal Haft Linal Haft ...  Sergeant Ryan / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Brittany Carney Brittany Carney ...  Charlotte 2 episodes, 2005
Montana Carney Montana Carney ...  Charlotte 2 episodes, 2005
Jada Lang Jada Lang ...  Baby Emmanuel 2 episodes, 2005
Jasmin Lang Jasmin Lang ...  Baby Emmanuel 2 episodes, 2005
Tasha Lang Tasha Lang ...  Baby Emmanuel 2 episodes, 2005
Alice McConnell Alice McConnell ...  Elizabeth 2 episodes, 2005
Genevieve O'Reilly ...  Alicia 2 episodes, 2005
Leo Jampinjinpa Wayne Leo Jampinjinpa Wayne ...  Woollarawarre Bennelong 2 episodes, 2005
Edwina Bishop Edwina Bishop ...  Woman in Cornwall 2 episodes, 2005
Roxanne Havard Roxanne Havard ...  Baby Charlotte 2 episodes, 2005
Tieran Havard Tieran Havard ...  Baby Charlotte 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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Rated R for violence including rape, sexuality and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Australia | UK

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English

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2005 (UK) See more »

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Mary Bryant See more »

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Australia See more »

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AUD 16,000,000 (estimated)
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(2 parts) | (DVD)

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Stereo

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Color
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Shot over 12 weeks in 22 locations. See more »

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Governor Arthur Phillip: Nearest civilization, Timor - three or four thousand miles away. They'd have to negotiate reefs, plus twelve-hundred miles of open sea. And with the burden of carrying a woman, and children, no - even if they survive the sea, they'll never survive each other.
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Comment on '... Journey of Mary Bryant'
10 May 2007 | by evitabarbaraSee 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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